Police Kill 95-Year-Old Man with Bean-Bag Round

A 95-year-old Illinois man died in a violent confrontation with police
on Friday after refusing to check into a medical facility. After
threatening police with a cane and a knife, the senior citizen was
Tasered and fatally shot with bean-bag rounds.

The Cook County
medical examiner's office said John Warna, a 95-year-old resident of a
senior living community in Park Forest, Ill., died of blunt force trauma
of the abdomen after police shot him with bean bag rounds.

officers were called to the assisted living home on Friday to help
employees of a private ambulance company involuntarily transfer Warna to
a clinic for medical treatment. The senior citizen had allegedly
threatened the facility's staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a
2-foot shoehorn because he did not want to check into the hospital.

police arrived the scene around 8:42 p.m. Friday, they ordered the man
to drop the items. Instead, he picked up a "12-inch butcher type kitchen
knife," the Park Forest Police Department said in an e-mailed press
release obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Police told Warna to
surrender and listen to their instructions. But when he refused, police
stunned him with a Taser and shot him with bean-bag rounds. The senior
citizen was still conscious and talking when he was then taken to the
St. James Hospital and Health Centers and later the Advocate Christ
Medical Center. But he died just a few hours later.

Warna was
declared dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Cook County Medical
Examiner's office on Monday announced that he died of bleeding in the
stomach from the blunt force trauma inflicted by the bean-bag rounds.
His death was ruled a homicide.

Bean-bag rounds consist of a
fabric filled with lead shot. The rounds can be fired from a regular
shotgun, and are designed to deliver a blow that will leave the victim
temporarily immobile. But when the rounds hit the chest, they can
sometimes break the ribs and force the ribs into the heart. A shot to
the head can cause a broken nose, neck, larynx or skull. And a shot to
the abdominal area can cause internal bleeding.

Bean-bag rounds
can be especially dangerous when fired at close proximity, and present a
serious risk of death or injury when fired from less than 10 feet away.
It is unclear how far police were from the 95-year-old before shooting
him in the abdomen.

Neighbors at the senior living community told
CBS News that there could have been better ways to disarm the old man
and that the police response was unnecessarily violent.

"If they
were smart policemen, one could have got in the front of that man and
one could have went through back door and thrown a sheet over him, put
him down and put the cuffs on him before they shot him," said neighbor
David Atkins.

Administrators at the Victory Centre nursing home said they have never experienced any problems with the resident before

thoughts and prayers are with the family as we mourn the loss of one of
our own," Emily Powell, executive director of the Victory Centre, told

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is currently
reviewing the case. Park Forest police have not yet commented on the

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