Police: Peoria man throws hammer at neighbor during argument

Posted at 10:53 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 12:53:21-05

A dispute between neighbors led to one man assaulting another with a large hammer.

Court records show that on November 16, police were called to a home near 111th and Northern avenues for an assault. 

Police say that 46-year-old Tad Michael Kline got into an argument with his neighbor over some property that was left in his vehicle. During the argument Kline allegedly grabbed a "large, heavy hammer" from his garage and threw it at the neighbor, hitting him in the right forearm. 

The fire department informed the victim that he would need several stitches to close the wound.

Kline reportedly told police that the neighbor was in his garage and he threw the hammer in self-defense. However, police say an independent  witness reported that the victim was not in the garage but near the property line when Kline threw the hammer.

The hammer was recovered by police and Kline is facing charges of aggravated assault.