A look at the watch summary for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department shows that guns, knives and fists are not the only way combatants try to settle arguments.
Sometimes, swords, ice hammers, gardening implements, tire irons and pepper spray are taken up.
On Monday, an argument between brothers in their 30s got out of control at a home in the Lawrence Park neighborhood of south Sacramento County. One brother armed himself with a gardening tool, while the other took up two swords.
The man armed with the swords cut his brother on the arm. Then, when officers arrived, they saw he had discarded his sword and was chasing his brother with an ice hammer, according to the watch summary.
The brother who deputies said wielded the ice hammer and swords was arrested.
Last week, on June 25, a man and a woman, spent the night in a vehicle along the road at 14th Street and Elkhorn Boulevard. The next morning, the 31-year-old woman suspected the man of stealing from her purse.
She threatened to use a stun gun on the accused thief. He retaliated by grabbing a tire iron.
The woman then pulled out a canister of pepper spray and deployed it at the man. The 37-year-old man swung the tire iron, hitting her in the head and hand.
She declined medical attention and he was taken into custody.