(NSFW) Suspect in Hatchet Attack Pulls Knife On Cops, Gets Shot

This combination of security camera and bodycam footage, provided by the Police Department in Kent, Washington State, shows a suspect appearing to attack an elderly man with a hatchet. When police catch up with him, he draws a large knife. The police shoot and kill him. Viewer discretion is advised.


The video begins with security footage of the hatchet attack, which occured at Town Square Park, in Kent. 30-year-old Paleti Veniale, in black, is shown following his victim- a 71-year-old man in grey, before drawing a hatchet at 0:36. He chases and strikes the man from behind at 0:54.


After two days of investigation, the Kent police located Veniale and attempted to question him. He fled on foot, which is where our bodycam footage kicks in. At 01:23, Veniale is shown mid-flight as the police chase him. As they cross the roadway, Veniale draws a large knife, visible in his right hand as the lead officer falls. This appears to be due to his deliberate attempt to stop, having seen Veniale's knife. However, falling to the ground places the officer in an incredibly compromised position. Fortunately, his partner (from whose perspective we are viewing) drills Veniale a total of seven times, downing him. Veniale drops the knife, and the lead officer kicks it away.


Incredibly, both the 71-year-old victim and Veniale both survived. The elderly gentleman is now in "satisfactory condition" after three months of recovery. Police and fire fighters performed immediate care on Veniale, who was transported to an area hospital. He is currently held in jail on a $1MIL bond for attempted murder.


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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 2 months ago

This combination of security camera and bodycam footage, provided by the Police Department in Kent, Washington State, shows a suspect appearing to attack an elderly man with a hatchet. When police catch up with him, he draws a large knife. The police shoot and kill him. Viewer discretion is advised.


The video begins with security footage of the hatchet attack, which occured at Town Square Park, in Kent. 30-year-old Paleti Veniale, in black, is shown following his victim- a 71-year-old man in grey, before drawing a hatchet at 0:36. He chases and strikes the man from behind at 0:54.


After two days of investigation, the Kent police located Veniale and attempted to question him. He fled on foot, which is where our bodycam footage kicks in. At 01:23, Veniale is shown mid-flight as the police chase him. As they cross the roadway, Veniale draws a large knife, visible in his right hand as the lead officer falls. This appears to be due to his deliberate attempt to stop, having seen Veniale's knife. However, falling to the ground places the officer in an incredibly compromised position. Fortunately, his partner (from whose perspective we are viewing) drills Veniale a total of seven times, downing him. Veniale drops the knife, and the lead officer kicks it away.


Incredibly, both the 71-year-old victim and Veniale both survived. The elderly gentleman is now in "satisfactory condition" after three months of recovery. Police and fire fighters performed immediate care on Veniale, who was transported to an area hospital. He is currently held in jail on a $1MIL bond for attempted murder.


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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