(NSFW) LAPD Fend Off Random Knife-Wielding Attacker

This combination of security camera and bodycam footage, provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, shows a recent incident wherein police officers, called to investigate a sexual assault, are attacked by a person who is completely un-connected to the crime, seemingly at random. Viewer's discretion is advised.


One of the tips often taught to rookie police officers is to constantly play mental "what-if" games- that is, constantly create scenarios and contemplate one's responses to them. "What would I do if this guy pulls a gun", etc. The idea is to keep looking for threats and kick-start one's OODA loop by already having considered a response. Obviously, these officers aren't rookies, but I don't think anyone was prepared for this one. Again: this suspect, one Kyle Harpt, 32 years of age, is a completely different person from the suspect they're looking for in regard to a sexual assault.


Harpt is shown here in possession of a knife with a 3.5 inch blade, which he uses to try to stab one of the LAPD officers. After that went about as well as he had any right to expect, Haupt was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition and booked for attempted murder. No officers or other persons were harmed.


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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 3 weeks ago

This combination of security camera and bodycam footage, provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, shows a recent incident wherein police officers, called to investigate a sexual assault, are attacked by a person who is completely un-connected to the crime, seemingly at random. Viewer's discretion is advised.


One of the tips often taught to rookie police officers is to constantly play mental "what-if" games- that is, constantly create scenarios and contemplate one's responses to them. "What would I do if this guy pulls a gun", etc. The idea is to keep looking for threats and kick-start one's OODA loop by already having considered a response. Obviously, these officers aren't rookies, but I don't think anyone was prepared for this one. Again: this suspect, one Kyle Harpt, 32 years of age, is a completely different person from the suspect they're looking for in regard to a sexual assault.


Harpt is shown here in possession of a knife with a 3.5 inch blade, which he uses to try to stab one of the LAPD officers. After that went about as well as he had any right to expect, Haupt was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition and booked for attempted murder. No officers or other persons were harmed.


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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