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 1:55pm]

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