Double amputee in wheelchair shot dead by Houston police

Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:47pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A double amputee in a wheelchair was shot and killed by Houston police after threatening an officer with what turned out to be a pen, local media reported on Sunday.

The shooting took place early Saturday morning at a home for the mentally ill. An employee called police to report that resident Brian Claunch was acting aggressively against a caretaker who refused to give him a cigarette and a soda, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Claunch, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, had lost an arm and a leg in a train accident and was sitting in a wheelchair. He trapped a policeman in a corner with his wheelchair and tried to stab him with an object later identified as a silver pen, the Chronicle said.

When Claunch refused police orders to drop the object, the trapped officer's partner shot and killed him, the newspaper said.

(Reporting by Jane Sutton; editing by Philip Barbara)

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xyz2055 wrote:
Two big burly police officers couldn’t subdue an invalid in a wheelchair armed with a pen? Come on guys….this was simply unnecessary. Had you given him the soda and a cigarette everything would have been fine. This idiot needs to go to jail. Thinking the police need a LITTLE more training.

Sep 23, 2012 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
“Heroic” American cops save an anti-smoking carer being threatened with a pen by an invalid in a wheel chair? And this is the model of society that’s being claimed as being superior to all else on earth?

Sep 23, 2012 3:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChangB wrote:
That gun sure looks like a pen, shoot him. Did they forget their Taser, maybe they thought the taser might not stop him attacking them from his wheel chair. Shocking.

Sep 23, 2012 3:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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