Man shot by police has criminal history
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Council Bluffs, Iowa- Police have identified the man who a Council Bluffs police officer shot Sunday as Michael Hannum, 52.
Hannum did not return to jail from a work release facility in Council Bluffs. The U.S. Marshal's Office and Iowa State Patrol said 52-year-old Michael Hannum was last seen at a work release facility around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say they discovered he was missing during an inmate count at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Iowa DCI Investigator Mitch Mortvedt told Action 3 News Monday night that the Council Bluffs officers had responded to the site of a new Wal-Mart being built near 16th and Nash Sunday afternoon. A woman had told them there was a man there with bloody hands.
Those to responding officers have been identified as Aaron Gutierrez and Jason Burleigh. Mortvedt says that the two officers tried to give Hannum verbal commands. He was holding a box cutter, and didn't acknowledge their commands. Mortvedt says Hannum charged the officers, when Burliegh tried to use his tazer. It didn't attach, and that's when Gutierrez fired four shots. Two hit Hannum in the stomach.
Hannum underwent surgery at the Nebraska Medical Center Sunday night. Monday, he was listed as critical but stable condition.
Monday night, Action 3 News spoke with a man who didn't wish to be named, but identified himself as Hannum's brother in law. He said he was surprised about Hannum leaving the work release, and that "he was almost a free man." Hannum was near the end of serving a ten year felony weapon sentence.
"I think the officers are starting to be like the kids on the streets with their guns. There's just so much shooting, you know. But they are doing their job," Hannum's brother in law said.
Hannum is probably most notorious his conviction for a robbery at the Aksarben race track. At the time, it was one of the largest robberies in history. Hannum, the mastermind, and another man tied up an employee in the race track's money room and stole 300thousand dollars. That money was never found.
When Hannum escaped, he was believed to be driving a silver car with the Iowa license plate number SIS-613. That car is still missing and wasn't recovered at the scene.
Per Council Bluffs police department policy, Officers Aaron Gutierrez and Jason Burleigh have been put on paid administrative leave. Mortvedt says that once DCI finishes their investigation, which he hopes is a few weeks, they'll hand it off the Pottawattamie County attorney's office, who will then decide whether to charge the officers.