Ga. cop hurt in sledgehammer attack

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 9:30 AM
Last updated 7:00 PM
  • Follow Crime & courts

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Authorities say a Columbus police officer was recovering at a hospital after they say he was attacked by a man wielding a sledgehammer.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Officer Matthew Kennedy’s condition wasn’t immediately available after the Tuesday afternoon incident.

Police say the officers were sent to an address where they encountered a man who threw clothing items toward the officers and yelled at them to come and get him.

Police say that when the officers tried to talk to the man, he reached into a truck and charged at them with one hand behind his back. They say the man pulled the sledgehammer over his head, and officers used a stun gun to stop him.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the injured officer was struck by the sledgehammer.

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
OpenCurtain 10/31/12 - 09:55 am
Stun Gun

A good example of a Stun Gun in action.

"They say the man pulled the sledgehammer over his head, and officers used a stun gun to stop him."

However, if we are going push our LEO's use Stun Guns whenever possible, I want them to have a something that drops the attacker in his tracks the on the 1st ZAP.

Waymore 10/31/12 - 10:20 am
Deadly force

The officer would have been well within his legal rights to drop the man with a double tap failure drill. He should thank his lucky stars that he was stopped with a stun gun.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
Crash kills Augusta man, 57
The coroner says an autopsy is planned, possibly Friday, into the death of an Augusta man killed Wednesday night in a single-car accident.