Ohio Cops Kill Man After Machete Rampage

He randomly attacked diners in Columbus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2016 12:37 AM CST
The Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where police say a man attacked several people with a machete.   (Kantele Franko)

(Newser) – Police shot and killed a man who stormed into a central Ohio restaurant wielding a machete and randomly attacked people as they sat unsuspectingly at their dinner tables, authorities say. Four people were injured in the brutal attack Thursday evening at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, a Mediterranean restaurant in Columbus. The victims were taken to an area hospital and were expected to recover. "There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after," says Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner. Police say the man walked into the restaurant, had a conversation with an employee, and then left. He returned about a half-hour later, approached a man and a woman who were sitting just inside the door at a booth, and started the attack.

Police say employees and patrons tried to get the man to stop. "Some of the patrons there started throwing chairs at him just trying to get him out of there," Weiner says. The man eventually fled the scene in a white car and led police on a short chase. Officers forced the man off the road a few miles away and police say that when he got out of his car, they tried unsuccessfully to use a stun gun on him. Weiner says: "At that point he had a machete and another knife in his hand and he lunged across the hood at the officers." That's when police say an officer shot and killed the man. Police did not immediately release his name and it remains unclear what sparked the attacks. (Read more Ohio stories.)

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