Chicago police shot a 95-year-old WWII veteran to death with bean bag rounds at close range because he refused to go to hospital, a lawsuit brought by the man’s family claims.
The incident, which occurred on July 26 last year, involved John Wrana, Jr., a resident at Park Forest Assisted Living Center in Park Forest, Illinois.
Wrana, who was just 12 days shy of his 96th birthday, was suffering from a suspected urinary tract infection. However, when Victory Center employees attempted to persuade Wrana to get in an ambulance and go to hospital, he refused to leave his room. Wrana subsequently brandished a knife and a long shoehorn in an attempt to resist paramedics.
Five police officers, Clifford Butz, Michael Baugh, Craig Taylor, Lloyd Elliot, Charlie Hoskins and Mitch Greer, were called to the scene before Commander Michael Baugh ordered force to be used against Wrana.
On entering the room and missing with a Taser dart, Taylor fired “five rounds of bean bag cartridges from a 12 gauge shotgun within a distance of approximately only six to eight feet from Mr. Wrana, far less than the distance allowed for discharging that shotgun, and, consequently, savagely wounding and killing Mr. Wrana,” according to the lawsuit.
“Mr. Wrana bled to death as a result of the shotgun wounds inflicted upon him by defendants. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Wrana’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to his abdomen as a result of shots fired from a bean bag shotgun.”
The $5 million dollar lawsuit alleges that police should have known that the 190mph bean bag rounds would have caused injury or death to Wrana, with family members insisting that the 95-year-old was “not a threat to anyone.”
Attorney Jim Sotos, who is representing the six police officers, claims that lethal force was justified because Wrana threatened to throw a knife at them.
The suit alleges that the cops acted “wilfully, wantonly, intentionally, knowingly, maliciously, in bad faith and with deliberate disregard.”