[Ed. – No doubt the assailant was on his way to a costume party when police stopped him on the basis of his appearance, leading to a deadly altercation.]
Kennewick [Wash.] police identified the man wielding a sword who was shot and killed by officers Sunday night.
Hussein Hassan, 46, of Kennewick, was walking on Olympia Street near 10th Avenue with the sword about 6:30 p.m. Witnesses said he seemed to be trying to hide the weapon with a newspaper.
When Kennewick Officer Jason Kiel got out of his car to talk with him, Hassan charged and started hitting Kiel in the head with the sword.
Just then, a second officer, Joshua Kuhn arrived. Kiel managed to pull back and both policemen drew their weapons and fired at Hassan.
Hassan was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital, where he died, said a police news release. Kiel suffered a head injury and was treated at Trios and later released.
Benton County Coroner John Hansens said a formal autopsy for Hassan is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The Tri-City Special Investigations Unit is continuing its investigation into the shooting. The special unit includes officers from other law enforcement agencies in the area. The agency involved in the shooting does not participate.