- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa attorney general’s office has ruled that the shooting of a man by a Washington County sheriff’s deputy was justified and not a criminal act.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety released the finding Friday evening after an investigation into the Sept. 13 shooting death of 39-year-old Martin Hammen outside his home near Wellman.

The investigation shows Sgt. Kirk Bailey shot Hammen with a rifle after the man raised a gun toward Baily and another officer.

Hammen died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Several hours before the shooting, the officers had gone to Wellman’s home because someone reported he was suicidal, but they couldn’t locate him. Deputies returned around 1:15 a.m. because Hammen’s home was on fire.



Officials say Bailey’s action was reasonable under the circumstances.

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