Reported by Politix
A 95-year-old World War II veteran was killed by police when he refused medical treatment, and his family wants to know why.
John Wrana needed a walker to get around, according to the Chicago Tribune. When he resisted medical treatment at his retirement home in Park Forest, IL, staff called an ambulance and they brought police with them.
Police entered the room carrying riot shields. First they tased him, then they shot him in the stomach with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with beanbag ammunition.
Wrana bled to death internally, according to the Cook County medical examiner, who ruled the death a homicide, according to the Southtown Star. Illinois State Police are investigating the incident.
The police version of events differs from that provided by family’s attorney Nicholas Grapsas. Police claim Wrana threatened staff with a metal shoehorn, a metal cane, and a 12-inch kitchen knife. But the assisted living home’s staff later told Grapsas that there was no such knife in Wrana’s room, according to the Tribune. They also said that Wrana was sitting in his chair and posed no imminent threat to staff.
Wrana’s stepdaughter Sharon Mangerson told the Tribune that she doesn’t believe her stepfather would have been a danger to anyone.
A senior police official gave the Tribune a different perspective: “We don’t know what information they had at that time. If you don’t have all of the facts, it’s hard to judge someone…Anyone can be dangerous.”