40 MM Less-Than-Lethal Stops Machete-Wielding Suspect

This compilation of dispatch radio traffic and officer-worn body cameras depicts LAPD officers in confrontation with a machete-armed assault suspect. The officers use a 40-milimeter less-than-lethal round to neutralize the suspect without loss of life.


After a summary of the location of the incident and the radio traffic leading thereto, bodycam footage begins at 02:22 with an officer in the passenger seat of a cruiser. At 02:47, the green less-than-lethal launcher is visible in his hand. At 02:46, he exits the vehicle, making contact with the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Jacinta Johnson. Johnson stops and shows her hands at 03:01. However, Johnson refuses to go to her knees or prone. The suspect refers to herself as Marshall at 04:17, and claims to have been stabbed, which adds to the confusion. At 05: 06 Johnson/Marshall orders the officers to fire.

At 06:59, the suspect draws the machete and is hit by a 40mm, causing them to drop the weapon.


At 07:12, we see the remainder of the incident from the perspective of a partner officer, who takes the shot at 08:16. He performs a quick reload between 08:19 and 08:20. At 08:37, we see footage from the cruiser's dash-mounted camera. This allows a better view of the suspect's actions. "Marshall" is arrested without further incident.

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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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Published 5 months ago

This compilation of dispatch radio traffic and officer-worn body cameras depicts LAPD officers in confrontation with a machete-armed assault suspect. The officers use a 40-milimeter less-than-lethal round to neutralize the suspect without loss of life.


After a summary of the location of the incident and the radio traffic leading thereto, bodycam footage begins at 02:22 with an officer in the passenger seat of a cruiser. At 02:47, the green less-than-lethal launcher is visible in his hand. At 02:46, he exits the vehicle, making contact with the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Jacinta Johnson. Johnson stops and shows her hands at 03:01. However, Johnson refuses to go to her knees or prone. The suspect refers to herself as Marshall at 04:17, and claims to have been stabbed, which adds to the confusion. At 05: 06 Johnson/Marshall orders the officers to fire.

At 06:59, the suspect draws the machete and is hit by a 40mm, causing them to drop the weapon.


At 07:12, we see the remainder of the incident from the perspective of a partner officer, who takes the shot at 08:16. He performs a quick reload between 08:19 and 08:20. At 08:37, we see footage from the cruiser's dash-mounted camera. This allows a better view of the suspect's actions. "Marshall" is arrested without further incident.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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