Posted by on February 17, 2017
Categories: Bay Area


(BANT) – Police in Berkeley used non-lethal force to subdue a homeless man who they say was slashing tents with a sword at an encampment Thursday afternoon.

48-year-old Manuel A. Ayala was arrested and charges with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Officers say they responded just after 3:00 p.m. to Gilman Street on reports of a man slashing tents with a sword and brandishing the weapon to people.


Ayala ran from the scene as officers showed up. Witnesses say he continued to slash objects with the sword as he walked east on Gilman Street.

Officers found Ayala on Gilman between Fifth and Sixth streets just as he was raising the sword near someone on the street. Officers fired multiple rounds from what they called a “less-than-lethal launcher” and were able to get him to drop his sword. Ayala was taken into custody without further incident.

Police said he had assaulted a woman at the tents with the sword but she was not seriously injured.