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Sword-wielding man shot by police expected to recover

COVINGTON — The man who was shot by a Covington Police Department officer after allegedly charging at him with a large sword is expected to recover from his wound.

CPD Capt. Craig Treadwell said on Thursday that 44-year-old Julian Leon Faulkner Jr. was listed in critical but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.

“He is expected to recover, which is good news for him, for our department and the officer and his family,” said Treadwell.

The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Brookwood Circle off Legion Drive when police were called about a suspicious man seen walking along Legion Drive carrying a large medieval-type sword.

Treadwell said passersby and residents reported seeing the man walking in and out of traffic and in and out of yards.

Responding officers did not immediately see the suspect, so one of the officers turned down Brookwood Circle, where he saw Faulkner, who was wearing blue jeans, a golf shirt and a baseball cap, and carrying the sword walking in the woodline.

“The officer stepped out of his car, at which time the suspect raised his sword over his head and ran toward the officer,” Treadwell said, adding that the man was yelling incomprehensibly.

The officer then ran behind his patrol car while telling the suspect to put down the sword as he drew his service weapon in defense.

Treadwell said Faulkner only became more agitated and raised the sword and charged at the officer. The officer fired one shot, striking the suspect.

Officers who had arrived at the scene provided Faulkner immediate medical attention until EMS and Covington Fire Department personnel arrived. Faulkner was then airlifted to Grady Hospital, where he underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon.

The investigation was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Treadwell said Faulkner will be arrested after he is released from the hospital and taken to the Newton County jail. The GBI will determine what charges to file against him, Treadwell said.

Faulkner has been arrested about six times, primarily on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to the Police Department.

The police officer, whose identity has also not been released but who has been with the CPD for more than 10 years, has been placed on paid administrative.