The stepdaughter of an elderly man who died after he was shot by beanbag rounds fired from a shotgun is speaking publicly for the first time since charges were filed against a Park Forest police officer. Sharon Mangerson says all she wants is for someone to be held accountable for his death.
Mangerson’s stepfather was World War II veteran John Wrana, 95. Wrana previously lived with Mangerson in south suburban Glenwood.
Wrana died last July of internal bleeding after he was shot five times at close range by a beanbag rounds at the Victory Centre senior living community in Park Forest.
Last week Cook County prosecutors charged Park Forest police officer Craig Taylor with felony reckless conduct. His department is standing behind his actions and says Wrana, who had become belligerent, had a knife and a cane. After a failed attempt to use a taser to deescalate the situation Taylor fired his beanbag shotgun. The officer turned himself in and is out on bond.
Officer Taylor’s attorney says it was a tragic situation, but not a criminal one.
“I just think that very poor judgment was used, let’s put it that way,” Mangerson tells WGN. “He was going to be 96 in two weeks. He could hardly stand. His hands were so crippled with arthritis. I mean, why that kind of force?”
The officer is expected to be back in court later this month in the criminal case. The family is expected to file a civil lawsuit after the criminal case is completed.