Police officers shot a man who was waving a “samurai sword” in a busy street. Armed police were called to confront 50-year-old John Taylor who was seen waving the giant blade outside shops on Saturday in Basildon, Essex in London.
Armed officers shot Taylor with a baton gun – which fires non-lethal circular plastic rounds after a tense stand-off in front of shoppers.
The shocking incident was caught on a CCTV camera at the Costcutter shop and shows two armed police officers confronting Taylor outside the row of shops.
He unsheathes the sword as the cops approach while the cops shout for him to drop the weapon. But he stands firm with the blade held high in the air as bystanders watch the drama unfold.
Taylor is then shot with the baton gun, causing him to collapse to the ground in agony before being quickly seized by cops. The video also records the sword being picked up by officers inside the cordon, which was set up around the local pharmacy.
A shop worker close to the incident was told by police to lock the door for safety reasons. Taylor pleaded guilty to the possession of an offensive weapon at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on November 12, and is due to be sentenced on December 10.