Police Kill 95-Year-Old WWII Veteran Who Wouldn’t Leave Room With Five Bean Bag Shotgun Rounds at Close Range
The step-daughter of a 95-year-old Chicago World War II veteran has filed a lawsuit against the six Chicago Police officers who killed her father with a bean bag gun when he refused to go to the hospital last summer.
The lawsuit, filed against officers Clifford Butz, Michael Baugh, Craig Taylor, Lloyd Elliot, Charlie Hoskins, and Mitch Green, says that officers were called to the Park Forest Assisted Living Center to subdue 95-year-old John Wrana who refused to leave his room to be treated for what doctors believed was a urinary tract infection.
When the officers couldn’t persuade Wrana to leave his room, they decided to use force.
According to the suit, 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.”
“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 and a result of shots fired from a bean bag shotgun,” the suit says.
After shooting the elderly vet, they reportedly handcuffed him and placed him in a four-point restraint before taking him to the hospital.
Wrana’s stepdaughter says her father required a “cane or a walker to stand up, support him, and to walk,” and could not have posed a threat to anyone.