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Police: Man Shot with Bean Bag Rounds after Swinging Barbell at Firefighters, Officers

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Vanthon Som’s booking photo. (Sacramento Police Department)


Police say they were called to a medical emergency by firefighters Wednesday afternoon to deal with a particularly aggressive man.

Before officers showed up, 32-year-old Vanthom Som was reportedly swinging a large barbell at firefighters and their fire truck, smashing a window and damaging the exterior.

When police arrived, Som allegedly set his sights on them. Officers say Som smashed the back window of a patrol car.

Police were able to get control of Som after shooting him with bean bag rounds.

No police officers or firefighters were hurt, but Som was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

He was booked for vandalism, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

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