VIDEO: Man With Two Knives Charges Cops, Gets Permanently Neutralized

Lancelot Shand was unaffected by pepper spray, three Taser jolts, and multiple bean bag rounds, according to police.

Hyattsville, MD – An enraged suspect wielding two knives was fatally shot when he charged at police on Thursday morning (videos below).

The incident occurred near the intersection of Belcrest Road and Toledo Road at approximately 7:15 a.m., after Prince George’s County police received a report of an armed subject near a Starbucks coffee shop, WJLA reported.

The suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Lancelot Shand, had allegedly used a metal pole to assault an employee at the same Starbucks several days prior.

Witnesses said that the suspect was running around carrying knives in his hands, WJLA reported.

Three Price George’s County police officers, six Hyattsville police officers, and one Mount Rainier police officer all responded to the scene.

After they located Shand, they spent the next half hour walking and talking with him in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, WJLA reported.

The officers Tased the suspect three times, but the shocks were ineffective, WTOP reported.

A supervisor with a less-lethal beanbag shotgun soon arrived at the scene.

“At some point, the suspect is heard saying that he embraces death and ‘I’m going to get you,'” Hyattsville Police Chief Amal Awad told WTOP. “And he’s specifically speaking to the supervisor who’s holding the shotgun.”

Pepper spray and four bean bag rounds were also used during the encounter, WJLA reported.

Officers deployed a flashbang in an effort to divert Shand’s attention, but the suspect charged directly at the supervisor armed with the less-lethal shotgun, WTOP reported.

The other officers opened fire in order to protect the supervisor, police said.

Cellphone footage recorded by witnesses showed Shand flailing his arms as he paced around the intersection in front of a line of officers.

The videos also captured the moment the knife-wielding suspect charged at the police supervisor.

At least two rounds the officers fired ended up hitting nearby buildings, WTOP reported.

Officers recovered Shand’s two knives – one of which appeared to be covered in blood – at the scene.

"In the 28 minutes between the first engagement and when shots were fired, officers used all non-lethal methods available to them," Prince George's County Media Relations Division Director Jennifer Donelan, told WUSA.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting remains ongoing.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski praised the officers for how they handled the deadly threat.

“My compliments to the officers who worked diligently to try to contain this, to prevent violence,” Chief Stawinski said, according to WTOP, “but again, this officer armed with a less-lethal weapon being confronted with this individual carrying two lethal weapons that precipitated the officers’ firing in defense of that individual’s life.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland blasted police for allegedly failing to call a “mental health professional” to “peacefully de-escalate the situation,” The Washington Post reported.

The ACLU also alleged that the deployment of the flash bang caused Shand to run towards the officers.

“Running away from an exploding flashbang grenade is a natural and inevitable response,” the ACLU said in a statement, according to WUSA. “The police created a dangerous situation, causing an armed man to run towards them, and then used the inevitable result of their actions as the justification to shoot him.”

“Given the pattern of Maryland law enforcement officers gunning down Black and Brown people and their selective release of information, we are challenging the officers' narrative,” the ACLU told WUSA. “Their language only continues to paint victims as threats while wiping their hands clean of any wrongdoing.”

"Poor training and systematic racism are not excuses for Maryland police agents to kill Black and Brown people at will with no accountability,” the ACLU’s statement read. “Together we must put a stop to police brutality and the needless killings of Black and Brown people.”

In May of 2018, Shand was involved in an altercation with a Carrollton police officer at a Starbucks shot on Annapolis Road, WTOP reported.

The officer was waiting in line for his order when a manager approached him and told him that Shand had allegedly pulled a knife on another customer the night prior.

According to investigators, Shand had allegedly pulled a knife and threatened to “slash” the customer’s neck after he refused to give the suspect a cigarette, The Washington Post reported.

The officer followed Shand out of the shop, but the suspect refused to stop, according to WTOP.

During the altercation that followed, the officer tased the suspect, but the jolt had no effect, WTOP reported.

As they struggled on the ground, both the officer and Shand were severely injured by a knife, resulting in them both having to undergo emergency surgery, police said.

The charges against Shand were ultimately dropped because the officer was injured by his own knife, according to WJLA.

You can watch cell phone footage of the officers’ encounter with Shand in the videos below:

Comments (48)
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sturnman22
sturnman22

Suicide by cop. Man wanted to die. Request honored.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

"But, But, But why didn't they use Pepper Spray or a Taser, or Beanie Babies and Coloring Books, and Puppies?????"

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom

Permanently neutralized... 😂😂😂 Fuck the ACLU.

flybynight
flybynight

Sorry trolls, AA according to the web.

dwm9ersfan
dwm9ersfan

You charge the police with weapons you die simple as that. Now you family will get a ghetto payday because of all you liberal fucks.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

I think it's time to rule the ACLU a Terrorist organization...they don't want rights for others...they just want to undo hard working Americans, does anyone know who they are...They are a bunch of NYC LAWYERS....LIBERAL A$$ LAWYERS, heavily funded by GEORGE SOROS

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

".....another ones gone, another ones down, another one bites the dust!"

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

ACLU wanted to bring in a health care worker to help negotiate. Perhaps they could have brought in a table/chairs/lunch for the guy until they got there. I'm sure that would have worked...........not.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

obviously he lost his mind. what had to be done was done. poor soul, but good job, officers.

les0060
les0060

Maybe next time when the police have their weapons out and the bad guy and you are in the lane of fire, you should move away from where you are.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Does anyone, other than family members of ACLU employees, actually listen to them? Blaming the officers for the actions of Sir Lancelot is a sign of the times. It all started back when the most anti law enforcement president, Barrack Hussain Obama, began his reign of terror. Since then, even with a new president who supports the police, we still have bigots in positions of power.

Louise S
Louise S

The ACLU says the cops forced a violent armed thug to do what a thug does best..commit more violence then rightfully die ☻...The ACLU sh*tshow never ends.

twostickmack
twostickmack

Another one bites the dust.lol.he got what he deserved.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

I don't think anybody is actually celebrating this man's death, but the police did what they had to do; he didn't give them too many options!

HFD120
HFD120

ACLU is playing race card to the max on this one.... black and brown..... so they are only worried about the rights of a certain ethnicity or race. Whatever will get them headlines.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

28 minutes is a lot of patience. More than I would have. And Katya is a total clueless millennial dumbass. She’s probably the kind who would call the cops because Starbucks didn’t make her mocha soy latte right.

Officer93
Officer93

You didn't have to watch actually, I know right!! Common sense!!! And yes they had to neutralize the threat and yeah its sad but we all know play stupid games and you'll win stupid prizes.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job officers

gfc1963
gfc1963

FUCK the ACLU! How they can turn this around and blame the cops is just beyond me! POS got what he deserved.

observer1
observer1

Knives are incredibly dangerous. When I was young I was standing about 10 feet away from a man that got deeply sliced across his face. It took about 2 seconds from the time the perp reached for his knife until he used it and there was no warning.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The officers did everthing they could to "de-escalate" this situation. The ACLU, as usual, is trying to blame the police by using the race card, again. They are way off base.....again!

DNW
DNW

One of the social media posters above misrepresented the situation by saying the man was 'unarmed', which the article indicates he was not. Hopefully someone called her out on the discrepancy. I'm not on twitter or I'd bring it to her attention myself.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Gee, rounds travel - don't want to have a bullet miss your head by 10 inches? GET OUT OF THE DANG WINDOW. Stupidity.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Dude’s name was Lancelot and he was assaulting people with a metal pole....he was jousting!!

zipper22
zipper22

Fuck that prick. ADIOS mutha Fucka.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

How bout them Dodgers?!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It's interesting how the cops are calm and professional and try to de-escalate, and then use instantaneous overwhelming force when it's clear that's not going to work. Really great work on their part.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

WHAT? They are murderers! Why couldn't they have just shot him in the foot or something? Or shot the knives out of his hands? Surely that officer could have handled 4 or 5 stab wounds! And they only spent 30 minutes trying to de-escalate? He was a good man, just getting his life back on track. All his neighbors say he was quiet and never bothered anyone. He didn't deserve this.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Why do parents name their kids stupid names? Maybe that was the beginning of his mental illness, dealing with teasing all of his life. He did wrong and got the consequences....we all know right from wrong.

Claymore
Claymore

“Freddie’s dead.....hey...hey, that’s what I said, I said Freddie’s dead...everybody’s misused him, ripped him up and abused him....yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, where was I...oh yeah, second verse, same as the first.

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

Bye felicia hahaha