Cops Kill 95-Year-Old With Bean-Bag Gun
...Because he refused to get medical help
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
A closeup shot of a bean-bag round.   (Wikimedia/Techjess)

(Newser) – When a 95-year-old at a Chicago senior living community refused medical treatment, police were called in—and wound up killing the man with a bean-bag gun, the Chicago Tribune reports. Officers were called in Friday night to help a private ambulance crew deal with a "combative" resident being "involuntarily" sent for medical treatment.

When they arrived, John Wrana allegedly threatened them with a metal cane and a 2-foot metal shoehorn, and then, when he'd dropped those, a "12-inch butcher-type kitchen knife." Police hit Wrana with a Taser, which apparently failed to get him to stand down, so they shot him with the bean-bag round. He was still conscious as he was taken to the hospital. He later died of hemoperitoneum, meaning internal bleeding due to blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, caused by the bean-bag, the medical examiner ruled yesterday.

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Aug 2, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
I'm embarrassed to say that when I first read the headline I gave one of ironic laughs. After reading the article I can see why they did what they did but I would think that perhaps there must be a better way to have handled this! I do hope I'm that feisty if I make it that long.
Aug 2, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
This man lived in a "senior living community"; not a nursing home (although even there they have the right to refuse treatment); not a mental facility. He had every right to refuse to go anywhere he decided he didn't want to go, unless he had been adjudged mentally deficient BY THE COURT. In that case he wouldn't have qualified for that type of living arrangement. This whole thing is appalling, and only emphasizes how out-of-control too many police have become. The cops who abused this man should, at the very least, be charged with manslaughter. It's absurd that they felt they had the right to assault a man in his own home.
Aug 1, 2013 10:13 PM CDT
How INSANE!!! OBVIOUSLY he was a consenting adult that chose not to be treated and at 95yrs old that should be good enough!!! These fools had to persist and agitate a 95 YEAR OLD MAN to the point that he was protecting himself from being taken somewhere HE DID NOT WANT TO GO!! Now he is DEAD!!! WTH!!! I hope his family sues the pants off everyone involved!!!