Swiftwater Troopers “fired 11 shots”

State police shoot 75-year-old Pennsylvania man

The Associated Press

Posted: 11/20/2008 10:51:25 AM EST

SWIFTWATER, Pa.—A 75-year-old man with dementia has undergone surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital after being shot by two troopers during a confrontation at his home.

A hospital spokeswoman is not releasing the condition of Robert Hagen, of Hamilton Township, Monroe County.

Capt. James Murtin says the man’s roommate called police shortly after midnight Wednesday after he heard shots being fired in their home. Murtin says the troopers found Hagen in his bedroom holding a shotgun, and he ignored their order to drop the weapon and pointed it at them.

Murtin says the troopers fired 11 shots, hitting Hagen at least four times in the leg, arm, shoulder and head.

Monroe County District Attorney David Christine Jr. will decide whether the shooting was justified.

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