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New Details: Man Charged at Officer with Hatchet Before Being Shot

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Apr 30 2013 08:19:45 PM CDT
Sean Karjala photo

Sean Eric Karjala

DOUGLAS CITY, Calif. -

The man shot by a CHP officer in Trinity County will face attempted murder charges after charging an officer with a hatchet.

According to CHP, 42-year-old Sean Karjala of Redding was speeding on Highway 299 when a a 10-year veteran of the CHP tried to pull him over.

KRCR News Channel Seven was the only news crew only there after it happened on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. in Douglas City.

When the officer first tried to pull Karjala over, we are told he tried evading the officer by driving through a mobile home park.

He got back on Highway 299 and eventually stopped and parked at the Indian Creek Lodge.

The officer said he smelled marijuana and alcohol from the car so he asked Karjala to step out of his car. That's when CHP Officials said he tried to assault the officer with a hatchet.

At this point, the officer shot him.   

Karjala tried to charge the officer again so the officer tackled him to the ground. Karjala was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with gunshot wounds. He is in stable condition.

Once he is medically cleared, he will be booked for various charges, including  attempted murder of a peace officer.