Closing arguments expected Friday in bean bag shooting death trial

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PARK FOREST, Ill. — Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of a Park Forest police officer who shot and killed an 95-year-old man with a beanbag shotgun.

On the stand Friday,  a defense expert who authored a report on the use of deadly force testified John Wrana appeared to be a threat to police and residents at the retirement home where he lived.

On Thursday,  officer Craig Taylor spent an hour on the witness stand, describing how, and why, he shot Wrana.

Taylor said Wrana threatened him with a knife in Wrana’s apartment, and he feared for his life.

He said he stopped shooting when Wrana dropped the knife.

Taylor also says Wrana refused medical treatment for his injuries.

The judge could hand down a verdict in the case later Friday.

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