95-year-old man dies after police use stun gun on him

July 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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PARK FOREST, Ill., July 28 (UPI) -- A 95-year-old Illinois man who allegedly confronted police officers with a knife and cane died after they shot him with a stun gun and bean bag rounds.

Officers were called to an assisted living home in the village of Park Forest Friday after the man, identified as John Warna, allegedly became combative with employees of a private ambulance company who were attempting to transfer him to a hospital for medical treatment, The (Chicago) SouthtownStar reported.

Police said Warna was threatening the facility's staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a shoehorn when officers arrived.

Police said they used a stun gun on Warna and struck him with beanbag rounds after he refused to drop the items and grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife instead.

Warna was conscious and talking when he was hospitalized Friday, but was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the newspaper said.

A cause of death had not been released by Saturday evening, NBC News reported.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit was reviewing the incident.

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