By Warner Todd Huston -
In a major over-the-top reaction, police taserd and shot bean bags at a 95-year-old military veteran, killing him, after he refused medical treatment at his retirement home.
On July 25, police were called to the Victory Centere, an assisted living community in Park Forest Illinois–a southern suburb of Chicago–after resident John Wrana (photo above), a veteran of WWII, became “combative” while refusing medical treatment by the home’s nursing staff.
Wrana began to get unruly when he was “involuntarily” committed for medical treatment by staff at the facility, police said in a statement.
The veteran of fighting in Burma during WWII became agitated and supposedly began to threaten staffers with a metal cane and a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn device. Up to seven officers armed with shotguns and riot shields arrived at the facility. The police demanded that Wrana drop the implements but instead of responding, police say Wrana picked up a 12-inch-long knife of some sort and threatened them with it.
Police report that they eventually tasered Wrana and, when that didn’t fully subdue him, fired bean bag weapons at him.
Though Wrana was conscious when he arrived at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, by 2:30 AM he died from the ordeal.