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A prolific burglar has been killed after his neck was severely cut and his left hand chopped off in a samurai sword attack, US police have said.
Just days after being released from prison, the man was spotted allegedly breaking into the garage of a house that was rented by four students.
The group asked him to stop and while they called police, the man lunged at one of them, who retaliated by striking him with the sword, officers said.
The unnamed man, who studies medicine at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, has been questioned by police about the incident off campus early on Tu
Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: "I think everyone has the right to first of all defend themselves and defend their home.
"And if this individual felt that a samurai sword was an appropriate tool to do so, I'm not in a position to say that's good or bad."
The burglar, who was in his late 40s, had a history of break-ins and was released from prison last Saturday, Mr Guglielmi said.
America, where the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected, has few restrictions on owning swords and samurai ones are legal.
They are banned in England and Wales, with exception of collectors.
Originally posted by JayinAR
IMO, the UK is a f#ed up place.
You can't own a gun and you can't own a sword?!
How in the hell do you guys defend yourselves? With broken bottles?
Originally posted by thaknobodi
It must have been a strange feeling for the person who used the sword. I dunno what would be more satisfactory. Chopping with a sword or just choking the burglar to death.
Originally posted by CX
Apologies for this, i did do a search but nothing came up whatsoever.
Gotta love that search thing up there.