State police shoot 75-year-old Pa. man

November 20, 2008 8:03:16 AM PST
Pennsylvania state police say two troopers shot and wounded a 75-year-old man with dementia after he pointed a shotgun at them during a confrontation at his home. Robert Hagen of Hamilton Township, Monroe County is undergoing surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Capt. James Murtin says Hagen's roommate called police shortly after midnight Thursday after he heard shots being fired in their home. He said Hagen had been acting erratically that day and was possibly off his medication.

State troopers found Hagen in his bedroom holding a shotgun. Murtin says he refused their order to drop the weapon and pointed it at them. Murtin says the troopers fired 11 shots and hit Hagen four times in the leg, arm, shoulder and head.

Both troopers have been placed on administrative duty while state police conduct an investigation.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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