A masked man wielding a sword tried to rob a central valley Dairy Queen on Sunday afternoon but was shot and killed by an employee, Las Vegas police said.
Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said that although rare, robbery attempts with swords have occurred in the Las Vegas Valley.
"I've seen it before," Steiber said. "It's a deadly weapon in the right hands, and preliminarily, it appears he was using it as a deadly weapon."
The identity of the deceased man will be released by the Clark County coroner's office.
The incident occurred about 12:15 p.m. When police arrived, the suspect was injured on the ground just outside the doors of the restaurant at 2595 S. Maryland Parkway, near Sahara Avenue.
Steiber said the suspect was shot at least twice.
A second police official, Lt. Les Lane, described the sword as "full size" and more than "3 feet."