Eastern Iowa Man Who Refused to Drop Gun Killed by Deputy

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Deputy kills man with gun in Wellman. (WHO-HD)
Deputy kills man with gun in Wellman. (WHO-HD)

WELLMAN, Iowa — One man is dead after an officer involved shooting in Washington County.

It all started Saturday night when authorities responded to 39-year-old Martin Hammen’s home in Wellman.  Someone had reported he was suicidal but deputies say they were unable to find him.

They later returned around 1:00 a.m. when Hammen’s home was engulfed in flames.

Deputies say they saw him running from the scene carrying a gun and a propane torch. They say he refused to drop the gun so an officer shot him.

He died at the scene.

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