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Iowa Attorney General: Washington County deputy's actions justified in shooting

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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has turned over the evidence from a Washington County officer-involved shooting and the Iowa Attorney General's Office has ruled the use of force justified. No charges will be filed.

According to authorities, on Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a man, later identified as Martin Francis Hammen, 39, as being suicidal.

At approximately 9:00 PM, deputies went to Hammen’s residence, in Wellman, Iowa, and attempted to locate Hammen, but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, at approximately 1:14 AM, deputies returned to the residence in the 1000 block of Hwy 22 for a report of a residence fire. Upon arrival, they found the residence and structures around it, engulfed in flames.

A man was observed running from the residence crossing Hwy 22.  Soon afterwards, Hammen walked out from a tree line carrying a handgun and propane torch.

Hammen was ordered to drop the handgun, but failed to comply with the deputies orders.  Deputy Kirk Bailey fired his service rifle, striking Hammen in the upper torso.

Hammen was pronounced dead at the scene.  No deputies were injured in the incident.

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