(NSFW) Arizona Cops Shoot Katana-Wielding Suspect

This compilation of security and bodycam footage show deputies in Pima County, Arizona, as they confront and engage a suspect armed with a literal sword. Despite repeated warnings, the suspect charges them with the weapon raised, forcing them to shoot. Viewer’s discretion is advised.


The owner of the hotel at which this incident occurred called in to report a man waving a sword and yelling. Pima County deputies arrive and confront the suspect, later identified as Devon Lewis, 23 years of age. He is shown in possession of a katana, which he holds in front of him.


The internet being what it is, the pop culture reverence for the katana is greatly and often ridiculed, and Lewis’ statements probably don’t do him any favors in that regard. “I am trying to achieve greatness in the katana- is this not allowed in the United States?” However, as easy as it might be to make fun of him, Lewis is clearly in some sort of altered state, stating at 01:50 that he is related to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine.


He draws the sword at 02:05, his sheath clattering to the ground.


In 1612, Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, fought Sasaki Kojiro. When Kojiro threw away his sheath, Musashi remarked “You have already lost, for you have no more use for your sheath.” So it is with Lewis. Despite repeated warnings, he charges the officers with the sword, and they open fire.


Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene, with no other persons injured.


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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 2 months ago

This compilation of security and bodycam footage show deputies in Pima County, Arizona, as they confront and engage a suspect armed with a literal sword. Despite repeated warnings, the suspect charges them with the weapon raised, forcing them to shoot. Viewer’s discretion is advised.


The owner of the hotel at which this incident occurred called in to report a man waving a sword and yelling. Pima County deputies arrive and confront the suspect, later identified as Devon Lewis, 23 years of age. He is shown in possession of a katana, which he holds in front of him.


The internet being what it is, the pop culture reverence for the katana is greatly and often ridiculed, and Lewis’ statements probably don’t do him any favors in that regard. “I am trying to achieve greatness in the katana- is this not allowed in the United States?” However, as easy as it might be to make fun of him, Lewis is clearly in some sort of altered state, stating at 01:50 that he is related to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine.


He draws the sword at 02:05, his sheath clattering to the ground.


In 1612, Japan’s most famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, fought Sasaki Kojiro. When Kojiro threw away his sheath, Musashi remarked “You have already lost, for you have no more use for your sheath.” So it is with Lewis. Despite repeated warnings, he charges the officers with the sword, and they open fire.


Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene, with no other persons injured.


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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