Edgewater man attacks police officers with sword

Not an April Fool’s joke …

Michael Beach, age 44, charged a sheriff’s deputy with a sword, when the officer attempted to serve a protective order filed by Beach’s mother. The deputy suffered a rib fracture as he evaded the attack, but was otherwise uninjured.

Beach was eventually arrested after tactical officers used “a chemical agent”, beanbag rounds and, finally, a Taser to subdue him after an 8-hour standoff. Beach was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a reportedly self-inflicted wound to his chest.


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