Council Bluffs police shoot man they say charged with weapon

A Council Bluffs police officer points at a pair of shoes Sunday at the scene of a shooting near 16th Street and Nash Boulevard.

Council Bluffs police shot and critically wounded an armed man Sunday afternoon at a construction site near 16th Street and Nash Boulevard, police said.

Police were not releasing the man's name Sunday night. He was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was in critical but stable condition Sunday night, Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson said.

Initial 911 reports indicated that the man had been shot three times.

Police would not confirm the exact injuries, only saying that the man suffered from multiple wounds, including some that were self-inflicted.

The incident happened about 4:45 p.m. Two officers in the area had been flagged down by someone to report a suspicious person, Dawson said. Officers found a man armed with what Dawson described as a “cutting instrument.”

The sergeant would not elaborate on the weapon.

A confrontation ensued. One of the officers tried to use a stun gun on the man, but the gun “was ineffective at the time,” Dawson said. The man, still holding the weapon, charged at the other officer, who fired at the man, according to Dawson.

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