VIDEO: Illinois Officer Faces Charges in Elderly Man's 2013 Death
The Cook County (Ill.) State Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday that a Park Forest police officer is being charged with felony reckless conduct in the death of a 95-year-old man at a senior facility. the officer was allowed to remain free without posting bond Wednesday.
John Wrana, 95, died during a 2013 altercation with police at the Victory Centre Senior Living Facility in the Chicago suburb. Officer Craig Taylor is alleged to have used a stun gun and fired beanbag rounds at the elderly man.
According to WLS-TV Chicago, workers at the senior home called paramedics in July 2013 when Wrana became belligerent. The paramedics called police, who used a stun gun on Wrana. When that didn't work, the officer allegedly shot Wrana, who was sitting in a chair, in the stomach with six beanbag rounds from a shotgun.
"This is a tragic incident. There no question about that but every tragic incident does not translate into a criminal act. From what I know about this case, I don't believe Officer Taylor engaged in any criminal behavior whatsoever," Taylor's attorney Terry Ekl said.