A law enforcement official from Chicago suburb Park Forest has been charged with reckless conduct in connection with the death of a 95-year old World War II veteran.
Officer Craig Taylor, 43, shot and killed John Wrana with a stun gun and beanbag rounds at a nursing home last year.
Police had arrived at the nursing home after receiving reports that Wrana had become combative when medical officials attempted to take him to the hospital for treatment, CBS Chicago reports.
Taylor attempted to subdue Wrana, who police say was holding a knife and a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn. Wrana’s family is arguing in court that Taylor’s use of force was unnecessary, as Wrana was elderly and needed care from the nursing home staff.
“Police officers have very difficult jobs and they often must balance the use of force with the need for force. Given the other viable options to resolve the matter and the number of shots fired at this senior citizen at close range in rapid succession, we believe this officer’s conduct to be reckless,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Taylor has been released from the force by his own recognizance.