Judge to rule in case of beanbag gun death next month

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PARK FOREST, Ill — A judge says he’ll announce his verdict next month in the case of a suburban Chicago police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War II veteran with a beanbag gun.

Authorities were called to the assisted living residence in Park Forest in July of 2013, after John Wrana became combative with workers trying to care for him.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office says the trial before Judge Luciano Panici ended Friday and Panici will issue his ruling Feb. 6.

Prosecutors charged Park Forest Officer Craig Taylor with felony reckless conduct in a confrontation last year with John Wrana.

During this week’s trial, prosecutors contended Taylor had better and safer options than to shoot Wrana repeatedly with a weapon that fires beanbags at 190 mph.

Taylor’s attorney contended Taylor acted properly when faced with the threat of a knife-wielding Wrana.

Both sides presented expert witnesses and Taylor testified he feared for his life.

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