Man shot after threatening trooper

August 3, 2009 12:47:27 PM PDT
State police say the man shot by a trooper Sunday afternoon refused to remove his hands from his pockets, then lunged at the trooper with a black object - which turned out to be a cell phone. Police had been warned that 34-year-old David Bethard was armed with knives and had threatened the lives of his 38-year-old girlfriend and her 19-year-old daughter.

Police say Capt. Charles Simpson, the commander in charge of Troop 4, confronted Bethard Sunday afternoon, but Bethard refused Simpson's repeated commands to surrender. That's when police say Bethard lunged at the captain and quickly removed his hands from his pockets.

Simpson feared his life was in danger and fired a single shot, striking Bethard in the abdomen. Bethard was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. He's been charged with resisting arrest and menacing - both misdemeanors.

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