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1 i ; GEORGE MATTERN IS SERIOUSLY HURT IN STREET BATTLE 'Fugitive Fights With Police man After Failing in Attempt to Rob Temp Bar. OWNER OPENS WITH GUM Intruder Breaks Away From Officer English Before Meeting Mattern. LATTER'S BULLETS GO WILD Robber's Third Shot Enters Stomach Taken to HospN tal in Critical Condition. After attempting to bold up a temp bar restaurant at 316 Locust street, an unknown and as yet un captured bandit engaged In a re volver duel with two poUcemetn, last night anil shot George Mattern. a uniformed officer, Inflicting a wound in the stomach which may prove fatal. Mattern was taken to the Mercy hospital, where an immediate op eratlon was performed by Dr. J. C. Hockafellow. It was said by the attending physicians that the of fleer's wound was serious, but only possibly fatal. The attempt to hold up the tema ! bar was frustrated by the proprie tor, Guild Attillio, who fired a shot at the man when he started to gn behind the counter. Attllllo said that the man entered the store anci drew a revolver on him, ordering lilm to hold up his hands. Think Ing that tho man was joking, tho proprietor looked up and asked, what that was for. The robber" then started to go around tha counter and Attllllo reached under his desk and slezed his gun. Halted by Officer Kmrllsh. "I'll shoot you first," said th proprietor, and he fired a singla shot at the bandit, who turned and tan out of the door. Officer English, without uniform or gun, heard the shooting from tha corner of Fourth and Walnut streets, and when a young man came down the street whistling and with his cap pulled down over his face Knglish decided to arrest him. "I didn't know anything about the man," said English, "but I made up my mind that It wouldn't do any harm to hold him. So I stepped up to the fellow and toolc him by the arm, and said, 'You'ra under arrest.' He started to fight, and finally got away from me ana started down the alley. As soon as he got away he pulled an automatlo and started shooting. He went around tho corner of a building and I lost, sight of him." Fugitive Disappears. About a half minute later English heard shots a block or two away. It was Officer Mattern, who had ran toward the shooting and met the bandit. Mattern fired threa . times nt. the man, who returned tha fire. One shot struck the officer In the stomach and he collapsed, dropping his gun. A national guardsman had run up to the scene of battle and whell Mattern 'was put out of the fight, followed the man down the alley between Court avenue and Walnut Htreet. at Second, where he dlsap- ' poured. The entire force was called out and started on a search for tha ' man. He had not been captured at an early hour this morning. Io.-t Ills Cup. The man is described by Attllllo and Knglish, as well as others who saw him during the battle, as a, young man of about 20 years, wearing a dark blue suit. He lost hi cap In the struggle with Offi cer Knglish. He Is of slight build, say tlie police, and of about medium height. I Mattern lives at 1214 East Ninth. street. He is married, and hia mother and sister live with him.

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 08 Aug 1917, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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