PARK FOREST, Ill. -- The trial began Tuesday for the Park Forest police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War Two vet in 2013.
The court will decide whether Officer Craig Taylor acted out of a reasonable fear for his life, when he shot five beanbag rounds at John Wrana.
Police were called to Wrana's assisted-living facility when he refused to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. By the time police arrived, Wrana was wielding a 7-inch knife and threatening police with it.
Police tried to subdue him with a taser, but it failed. Taylor had orders to shoot if the taser didn't work.
Wrana died 5 hours later.
Taylor is charged with reckless conduct.
Wrana's family has filed a lawsuit against Taylor and Park Forest that has been put on hold until the criminal case concludes.