Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Clearwater police arrest man wielding Samurai swords

Times staff

CLEARWATER — Police arriving at a residence Wednesday night to investigate a trespassing call were met by a man brandishing two Samurai swords, one of them pointed at his own chest, authorities said.

He then barricaded himself in the house and held off officers for two hours, police said. During that time, police were able to safely evacuate a female resident inside the house who had called for help.

Joel Wayne Shack, 31, of 1405 N Garden Ave., was taken into custody after the 9:56 p.m. incident at 1735 Ragland Ave. He complained of chest pains and was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, police said, then later transported to the Pinellas County jail.

Police learned during the standoff that Shack had two active felony warrants as well as a lengthy and violent criminal history, said Clearwater public safety spokesman Rob Shaw.

Police seized five Samurai swords and one switchblade knife from the scene.

Shack remained at the jail on Wednesday.

Clearwater police arrest man wielding Samurai swords 08/08/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Woman dead in St. Petersburg shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Woman fatally shot Saturday night

    A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday night, police said.

  2. Jones: Rather than criticizing anthem protests, we should be asking about the reasons for them

    Bucs

    MINNEAPOLIS — They are football players. They are teammates. They are Tampa Bay Bucs.

    Bucs wide receivers Mike Evans (13) and DeSean Jackson (11) kneel during the national anthem. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Here kitty, kitty ...

    Blogs

    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  4. Pasco residents affected by Irma invited to town hall meeting

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Representatives from Pasco County Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play host to a town hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom of the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey

    Sandra Cunningham assesses the damage a water oak did to her Church Avenue home when it crashed into her bedroom roof during Hurricane Irma.
  5. Lightning's Nikita Kucherov has a lot to say — about moving on to a much better season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov sits back in his stall and smiles.

    Laughs a little, too.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) prepares for a faceoff during the first period of Friday's  (9/22/17) preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena in Tampa.