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Police kill man who attacked his family with a claw hammer, knife

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR)-A domestic dispute turns deadly in south St. Louis County. Police shoot and kill a man after they say he attacked two family members with a hammer and a knife then came at the officers with the hammer. Everything unfolded at an apartment complex in the small community of Lakeshire.

Police have identified the man at the center of the whole incident as 30-year-old Jacob Hohman. Police say Hohman was shot multiple times by a Lakeshire police sergeant and a county police officer. He was taken to a hospital but died from his injuries.

Police responded to the apartments on Puttington, not far from Grant`s Farm, about 10:40pm Thursday night after receiving a 911 for a stabbing. Investigators say for still unknown reasons Hohman tried to kill his 33-year-old sister and 12-year-old nephew, his sister’s son, by attacking them with a hammer and a knife.   Both suffered extensive injuries and are hospitalized in stable condition.

The 12 year old was able to run out the apartment and get to a neighbor’s home for help.

A short time later, the Lakeshire police sergeant arrived as well as three county police officers. Investigators say the Lakeshire sergeant found the woman covered in blood just outside the apartment then the officer came face to face with Hohman. Investigators say Hohman charged at the sergeant with a hammer saying he was going to kill him. The sergeant ordered the man to drop the hammer but he did not.The Lakeshire sergeant fired twice, hitting Hohman.

Hohman fell but investigators say got back up and started coming at one of the county officers with the hammer. That officer fired six times again hitting Hohman.

Hohman lived in the apartment with his sister and nephew.

The Lakeshire sergeant who fired has 44 years of law enforcement experience.The St. Louis County police officer has 8 years on the force. Both officers are now on administrative leave.

Police say Hohman had no arrest record.

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