Video shows tense standoff between officers, man they say had a tomahawk

Video shows tense standoff between officers, man they say had a tomahawk
(Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A man accused of attacking police officers with a tomahawk has been charged with three counts of felonious assault.

The encounter was captured on police body camera. In the video, the accused attacker, Sean Arbuckle, 52, is not wearing any clothes.

He was at his mother's house Sunday on Pippen Road in Colerain Township when his sister called 911.

"Yes ma'am, my brother is in the back room destroying his property in my mom's house and my mom is fearful," she said.

Officers on scene say Arbuckle lunged at them several times with a tomahawk in one hand and a bayonet in the other.

"To watch how quickly that situation evolved and how dangerous it was for them, to react the way that they did makes you very proud as a chief -- that you hired the right people and trained them the correct way and you can trust them to be in the community and do the right thing," said Colerain Police Chief Mark Denney.

In addition to taking off his clothes, officers say Arbuckle wanted them to kill him.

"There are several points in the video they would have been justified in using deadly force, but they were willing to forgo that and use some of their other options that they had," Denney said.

In the video, officers are seen shooting him with pepper balls filled a powdered chemical that irritates the eyes and nose -- similar to pepper spray.

"Hopefully they will find out what's going on and give him some help," said Denney.

Arbuckle was in jail Thursday night, held on a $110,000 bond. He's facing three counts of felonious assault.

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