Aug 9, 2008 11
Sword-Wielding Man Storms Stockton Store
A man wielding a makeshift sword burst into a Stockton convenience store Saturday morning, and police had to go to great lengths to prevent any injuries.
Police say Thomas Neill entered a Chevron convenience store around 8 a.m., brandishing the weapon and threatening customers and employees. Nobody was immediately injured, but when police arrived, Neill seemed to want a violent confrontation.
"He was acting very erratically," said Ofc. Pete Smith of the Stockton Police Department. "Mr. Neill was actually saying to the officers that he doesn't mind if they shoot him… 'I want blood.'"
Police tried to taser Neill three times, but the device did not work. In the end, they resorted to a 37-millimeter Sage gun, a less-than-lethal device that shoots a black, plastic projectile.
"It's the same thing as being hit by a major
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