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Covington police officer officer shoots sword-wielding man

A man in his 40s was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington Police officer with a midieval-type sword in the area of Legion Drive Wednesday afternoon. The man has been taken to Grady Hospital in critical condition. The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

A man in his 40s was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington Police officer with a midieval-type sword in the area of Legion Drive Wednesday afternoon. The man has been taken to Grady Hospital in critical condition. The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

COVINGTON — A man wielding a sword was shot by a Covington Police officer Wednesday afternoon after the suspect allegedly charged at the officer with the weapon.

According to a press release by the Covington Police Department, officers responded around 12:30 p.m. to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Legion Drive. They saw a white male, believed to be in his mid-40s, carrying a large medieval-type sword near the 3100 block of Brookwood Circle, just off Legion Drive.

“As one Covington Police officer exited his vehicle, he was attacked by the male suspect with the sword,” the press release states. “This officer backed away from his attacker and gave verbal commands and drew his service weapon.”

The suspect then charged the officer with the sword over his head in attempt to strike the officer. The officer discharged his weapon striking the suspect, according to the CPD. Immediate medical attention was given to the suspect by the responding officers.

EMS and Covington Fire personnel were immediately notified and responded to the scene. He was airlifted to Grady Hospital in critical condition.

This investigation is being turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the suspect’s identity has not been released.

The police officer, whose identity has also not been released, will be placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

A press conference is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. today at the Covington Lions Club pavilion.