Update: Identity Reveals Armed Man Shot By Officers A Past Criminal

By: Erin Murray, Joe Chiodo, Brian Mastre Email
By: Erin Murray, Joe Chiodo, Brian Mastre Email
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Channel Six learned Monday the identity of the man shot by Police Officers in Council Bluffs after their taser failed Sunday afternoon. The man's sister Debbie Raven identifies him as Michael Hannum, 52. Channel Six also learned this is isn't his first run-in with the law.

Back in February of 1993, Hannum was arrested in San Francisco in connection with the December 1992 robbery of the Aksarben Race Track. Hannum stole more than $300,000. Police say his group stole a key from an employee's apartment that unlocked the door to Aksarben's money room.

"Him and a bunch of other guys did it," said his sister. "But they claimed him as the mastermind and he wasn't the mastermind at all."

His sister said Hannum has been living in a half-way house since his release from jail, and "hasn't been on the right path since."

She said it was hard for him to get used to life on the outside after spending more than 20-years in prison. "That's why he escaped [from the half-way house]. He figured -- no one's going to hire me -- I might as well go back."

According to Hannum's sister, as of Monday evening he is in critical condition at the Nebraska Medical Center. She said he was hit in the stomach and chest. She also explained that the family is not allowed to see him.

The department is working with the Department of Criminal Investigations due to the nature of the case.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday when a woman reported a suspicious subject near the construction of a new Walmart in Council Bluffs.

The suspect, who is now identified as Hunnam, reportedly had some type of knife or blade-like weapon and charged an officer. After a taser failed by Officer Aaron Gutierrez, Officer Jason Burleigh shot Hannum twice, according to the DCI.

Both men are on paid leave pending the investigation. That is standard operating procedure.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call investigators at 712-322-1585. They are especially looking for a female witness who spoke to officers earlier in the day.


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