I guess that explains why the article mentioned that they were Hispanic.
Anyway, those are some sweet sword skillz to chop off the guy’s trigger finger. I know it definitely didn’t happen like this, but I have this movie image in my head of the guy trying to shoot, followed by a whoosh of steel and the finger flying through the air.
Chopping the guy in the hand isn’t hard if you have some idea what you’re doing, especially when you take your target by surprise, and he doesn’t move his hand. In Sabre, Epee, and Kendo it’s not an uncommon target, even though your opponent is aware and savvy enough to defend his hands.
It’s probably a matter of luck that he got the trigger finger, as he more likely was going for the wrist.
The crime has garnered attention for the courage of Tovar and for the use of the unconventional sword, which had previously been used for cutting weeds.
Depends. A good long/broad sword can weigh 3 lbs or even less, isn’t as unwieldly as many think, and is plenty precise. I don’t think it was really a long sword though, as that’s not the sort of thing you use to chop weeds, and is more spendy than I’d expect 8 guys packed into one house to be able to afford. I’d bet the person writing the article doesn’t know one “sword” from another, and that it was a machete – cheaper, more practical, useful for weeds, and much more common.
Had his name been “El Voltrone” he would have fought the guy, let him beat his ass for 20 minutes, and then at the last moment remember he had a giant sword - whip it out and whack the guy in half in one shot.