“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.”
Maybe he was trying to get at Kiel’s neck, in accord with the Qur’an’s command: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Quran 47:4).
The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
“UPDATE: Police identify Kennewick man killed in sword attack,” by Cameron Probert,” Tri-City Herald, August 13, 2017:
Kennewick 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.
Kuhn and Kiel are on paid administrative leave pending the investigation….