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Originally published Monday, February 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM

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Whatcom deputy injured, man killed near Lynden, WA

A man who hit a Whatcom County sheriff's deputy in the head with what the sheriff described as a hammer and then was fatally shot reportedly had mental health issues.

The Associated Press

BELLINGHAM, Wash. —

A man who hit a Whatcom County sheriff's deputy in the head with what the sheriff described as a hammer and then was fatally shot reportedly had mental health issues.

Sheriff Bill Elfo says he later visited the deputy in a hospital and found him alert and talking. The deputy was not immediately identified.

The Bellingham Herald identified the man fatally shot Monday as 30-year-old Alejandro P. Martinez.

Elfo says another deputy and a U.S. Border Patrol officer fired at Martinez after he struck the deputy. Officers had responded to a mobile home north of Lynden on Monday morning on a report of a man with mental health issues damaging the home.

The sheriff says an attempt to use a Taser to subdue Martinez failed. The man's brother Jorge Martinez tells the Herald his brother was seriously injured years ago by a blow to the head.

Bellingham police are investigating the shooting.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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