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Illinois Officer Acquitted in Killing of 95-Year-Old Man

February 05, 2015  | 

A suburban Chicago police officer was acquitted Wednesday in the death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran whom he shot with a beanbag gun at an assisted living facility.

The Park Forest officer was charged with felony reckless conduct for the July 2013 death of John Wrana, who died from internal bleeding. He was found not guilty after a bench trial, with the judge saying the officer showed restraint as Wrana wielded a knife and acted as he was trained.

"There was nothing criminal about his actions," Cook County Judge Luciano Panici said in a courtroom packed with police officers and Wrana's relatives in Markham, south of Chicago, the Associated Press reports.

The officer put his head down as the verdict was read, then cried as he stood to hug his crying wife. Wrana's relatives also quietly wept and shook their heads as they hugged one another.

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Scott Meek @ 2/5/2015 2:36 PM

Maybe a Taser would have been better. But I wasn't there

kevCopAz @ 2/5/2015 2:47 PM

sad story, a man dead, a mans career hurt (if not ended) and more tax layer funding wasted. Unless it was an obvious crime this should never have gotten to this point. The officer could have who the man, he could have killed him outright, yet he did not and used non lethal force. Sadly in this case it was lethal in this rare case, but so could using a night stick or pepper spray if someone is alegcis (very rare but possible). This was just another way for the family of the man who caused his own death to try and lay blame elsewhere and possibly set you themselves for a large tax payer pay off, thats all this was about and everyone knows it. someone can be killed by anyone from 8- 100 years old under the right circumstances. My thinking is good job officer, you didn't intend this to happen but it did and the 95 years old man is the ONLY one to blame.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/6/2015 6:14 AM

I completely agree with the Judge.

edward smart @ 2/10/2015 2:36 PM

Use of a Taser may have killed him considering his age. This is a unfortunate outcome for both parties involved.

edward smart @ 2/10/2015 2:36 PM

Use of a Taser may have killed him considering his age. This is a unfortunate outcome for both parties involved.

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