04/17/2011

Iowa officer shoots man armed with hammer

69-year-old Christopher Lang lunged at officers with hammer and broken bottle, couldn't be subdued with Taser

Associated Press

MARION, Iowa — A Marion man is hospitalized after being shot by police responding to a domestic dispute.

Police chief Harry Daugherty says 69-year-old Christopher Lang lunged at officers with a hammer and a broken bottle and couldn't be subdued with a Taser shock. That's when Daugherty says police shot Lang in the right side of his torso. His injuries in Saturday night's shooting aren't believed to be life threatening.

Daugherty says officers were called to Lang's home for a reported assault. He says three people were hurt by Lang, including a woman who suffered a broken nose.

Lang faces several charges, including three counts of assault, in the incident. He has a criminal record.

The officer who shot him has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

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