Official: Iowa Man Hoped Police Would Kill Him

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office says a man shot in August by Council Bluffs police was hoping police would kill him in the confrontation.

Officers Aaron Gutierrez and Jason Burleigh found 52-year-old Michael Hannum on Aug. 4 in a Wal-Mart construction site bleeding from his hands. They say he became aggressive and displayed a sharp instrument, and a stun gun was ineffective on him.

Gutierrez then shot Hannum twice, in the hip and abdomen. He survived.

The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that Hannum is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. County Attorney Matt Wilber says an investigation shows the officers acted appropriately during the incident.
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