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Autopsy scheduled for 95-year-old man who died after confrontation with police

An autopsy will be done on the body of a 95-year-old man in the South Suburbs, after he was hit with bean-bag rounds by police and later died.

Park Forest police were called to Victory Centre of Park Forest after the man, identified as John Warna, threatened staff with a cane and shoe horn.

Warna was being involuntarily committed for medical treatment.

When he refused to surrender, an officer tasered him. Police said still didn’t subdue him, and Warna picked up a large butcher knife.

Police fired a beanbag-like round from a shotgun at the man after a Tazer failed to subdue him, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being transferred there from St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights.

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15 Comments to “Autopsy scheduled for 95-year-old man who died after confrontation with police”

    mallen said:
    July 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Really?

    keeping real said:
    July 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    dam!!! that could be someone dad or grandfather!!!!!

      Pansy said:
      July 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Maybe. But he was violent and left police no choice.

        Roy said:
        July 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        Your name is reflects your reply. If Cops cant subdue a 95yr old without taking his life, then how in blazes are people suppose to believe that they are capable of handeling serious threats involving real criminals? What a pathetic display of force.

        bob said:
        July 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        violent……..HE WAS 95 YEARS OLD

    Anonymous said:
    July 27, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I agree that police do use the excuse they are afraid for thier life all the time. I think it’s quite pathetic since it is an occupational hazard that they are threatened.

    esco said:
    July 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    For a 95 year old man that was the equivalent of an electric chair. You fried him.

    fed up said:
    July 28, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    shame on all of you at CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. that was really a heartless and cruel death, that man certainly did not deserve. I wonder what other excuses they will come up with. I say retrain them…all them buttheads….glad I no longer live in CHICAGO……..ugh

    fed up said:
    July 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    oops me bad..i meant to say Park Forest Police

    Pat Jedwabny said:
    July 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    For a 95 year old man that was the equivalent of an electric chair. You fried him.
    I was killed by a bully sheriff in Jasper county Indiana he also is not done and wants
    my husband dead too. A police state is a safe state is what they want you to beleive.
    Take back America now before you are next

      Jock E Shift said:
      July 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Huh???

    Hal said:
    July 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I f a tazer can't stop a 95 year old man, how's it suppose to stop a 20 year old meth head or crack head.

    friday said:
    July 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Police should use common sense and respect first. Unfortunately cops rely on their tools and militant training first, instead of their common sense and voice. Most of the time they're friggin robots and that's scary.

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