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ALOHA, Ore. -- Police shot off a man's thumb with non-lethal sponge rounds after he threatened to kill people with a hammer, officers said.Officers said they shot Marcelous Agers Jr., 54, six times with the non-lethal rounds and finally had to use a Taser to take him into custody after he continued to advance threateningly on police.Sponge rounds are designed to be a non-lethal choice for officers that are unlikely to penetrate soft tissue because the round spreads the impact over a wide area, deputies said.The incident began when deputies received multiple 911 calls about a man with a hammer threatening residents of an apartment complex at 18850 SW 185th Ave.
The callers said that the man was yelling that he "wanted to kill someone," banging on doors and at one point hit himself in the head with the hammer, police said.Deputies said when they arrived, Agers was sitting on a step muttering to himself while holding a hammer and refused to drop it.He stood up yelled at the deputy and raised the hammer as if preparing to strike, taking steps that alternated toward and away from the deputy, investigators said.More deputies arrived at the scene and one of them was armed with a 40-mm multi-launcher armed with six sponge rounds, investigators said.When Agers began to advance on the deputies, he was shot six times with the sponge rounds, but, although he was injured by the rounds, he continued to advance, investigators said.Another deputy then got close enough to use a Taser to take him down long enough for the deputies to take him into custody, police said.Once in custody, deputies saw that one of Agers' fingers had been severed. They found the detached finger and transported it with him to the hospital.Investigators said it is likely that one of the sponge rounds hit his hand that was holding the hammer tightly and pinched the finger, severing it below the first knuckle.Agers is still being evaluated by doctors but when released, investigators said he will face charges including menacing, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.
 
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