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Video: Illinois Officer Faces Charges in Elderly Man's 2013 Death

April 14, 2014  | 

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.

Tags: Cook County Sheriff, Officer Prosecuted, Less-Lethal Force, Park Forest (Ill.) PD


Comments (5)

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eodk9trainer @ 4/15/2014 3:11 AM

95-years old and he was sitting. Yeah, I question the use of force on this one. I wasn't there and always hate to 2nd guess but unfortunately this one makes me wonder just WTF the officer was thinking.

TX Lawman @ 4/15/2014 6:12 AM

I just read the whole story in the paper. The man was wielding a cane and a 12" butcher knife. The officer tased the man without effect. He then used non-lethal bean bags from a shotgun to disarm the suspect. The problem was the distance he shot from. You are supposed to be at least 15' away when deploying the bean bags. The officer was 8' away. It was still a deadly force confrontation, but the suspect was stationary. Of course the info in a newspaper is never the whole story. I feel for the officer and the 95 year old man's family. A tragedy none the less. When all the evidence is presented we will see what a resaonable man would have done. Stay Safe Blue!

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/15/2014 12:43 PM

Just a little over-reaction by Police. There is no such thing as a non-lethal weapon. There are low impact weapons but bean bag guns can kill and so can stun guns. They had the numbers to restrain him or just lock him in his room until he ran out of energy. But police today rarely use their head for anything other than to hold their hat. There was no immediate threat to anyone else and he was contained. Time alone would have resolved this issue safely. He was going to have to pee soon anyway and then he would be totally vulnerable for restraint.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/15/2014 12:47 PM

There was no butcher knife it was a 12" shoe horn. Surely he didn't deserve to die for carrying a shoe horn. That too was in the the linked story.

Greg @ 4/16/2014 4:36 AM

OK...the stories have the man wielding a cane, a shoehorn (scary) and a knife. Did he have 3 arms to carry all of these weapons? He was close enough to use a stun gun (not taser) but couldn't just knock a 95 year old off his feet?

Cop was black, old man was white...did the old man anger the black officer calling him various things and the officer was pissed off? 6 bean bag rounds to a very senior citizen from 6-8' away isn't justified and was reckless and showing criminal neglect.

This case stinks.

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