Man Who Pulled Sword on Police "Fortunate," According to Authorities
James Alden Tuck. Is going shirtless to your mugshot a prerequisite now?
Honestly, how many "adults" in this town really own swords? At what point does someone say to them self "hey, this is a dangerous part of town, I should probably get myself a sword?"
Hey idiots; this is not the Middle Ages. We no longer joust, women are no longer damsels, and there is absolutely no practical place for swords in modern society.
What's even stupider than actually owning a sword, you ask? Using it to go after a Phoenix police officer and, according to officials, a Phoenix man found himself very lucky.
On Sunday night, police responded to a domestic-violence call of a man in an apartment complex at the 11000 block of North Biltmore Drive in Phoenix trying to attack people with a knife.
When police arrived, they found 39-year-old James Alden Tuck on the floor of his apartment.
Tuck didn't initially respond to police when they asked him to roll over so they could check him for weapons. After talking to him, he rolled over and officers noticed that the "knife" they heard about over the dispatch was actually a three-foot sword.
Like a well-trained Ninja, Tuck then jumped to his feet and began swinging his sword in the direction of the officers.
This is probably where the false sense of security a sword offers became apparent.
While Tuck may think he's living in olden times, where a sword may actually deter some sort of attack, Phoenix police are living in the now and have guns.
"Fortunately for him, he put it down," Phoenix police officials tell New Times. "They would have had to shoot him; he was coming after them with a deadly weapon."
Officials say after talking with the man for a few minutes, they were able to persuade him to put the sword down.
Tuck was arrested for aggravated assault and booked into the Maricopa County Jail, where he could have to exchange his three-foot sword for a sharpened down four-inch piece of a metal with a handle made out of electric tape.
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