Bean bag rounds fired by police kill 95 year old man


The 95-year-old resident of a Park Forest senior living community who died after a Friday confrontation with police was killed by the bean-bag rounds police fired at him, the Cook County medical examiner's office determined following an autopsy today.

The Cook County medical examiner's office said that the cause of death of John Warna was hemoperitoneum – bleeding in the stomach area from blunt force trauma of the abdomen after he was shot with a bean bag gun.

Warna, wielding a 12-inch blade and a cane, was shocked with a Taser and then hit by the bean-bag rounds from police before later dying at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

According to an e-mailed press release from Park Forest police, officers were sent to 101 Main Street in Park Forest about 8:42 p.m. Friday to help a private ambulance company with a "combative" resident of the home there -- Warna. The Victory Centre of Park Forest, a supportive living community for adults 65 and older according to its website, is at that address.

Warna was being "involuntarily" committed for medical treatment by staff at the Victory Centre, the release said.

When police arrived, Warna was threatening staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a 2-foot metal shoehorn, the release said. Police demanded that he drop the cane and shoehorn, but he did not comply and then picked up a "12-inch butcher type kitchen knife."

Police continued to demand that Warna surrender and follow their orders and eventually used a Taser on him. That failed to subdue him and he continued to threaten others, the release said. Police then fired bean bag rounds at the man to get him to drop the knife and surrender. He did so and was taken into custody.

The man was conscious and talking to officers and staff before being transported to St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago, according to authorities.

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DirkH site profile image  

8/1/13 2:58 PM by DirkH

This is a political argument. Facts have no place in politics, sadly.

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7/31/13 1:46 PM by RockTheVote

he should have:

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7/30/13 8:32 PM by frostyturd

Well he's so sure he had me pegged as a pussy without ever having met me, I find it entirely appropriate to visualize his out-of-shape, over 30 ass living in his mom's basement. Besides, this is his and my dispute so, respectfully, go eat a bag of dicks!

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7/30/13 7:40 PM by DoomFarmer

Really?The ole "You live in Mama's basement" bit?Come on, guy...

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7/30/13 5:28 PM by Fade The Public

If they tazed him and he died the pussies on this thread would be asking why didn't they bean bag him? or go hand on?If they cops went hands on and he died or he killed a cop the pussies would ask, why didn't they taze him? why didn't they bean bag him.You pussies disgust me.

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7/30/13 4:55 PM by frostyturd

Alright, epitome of a keyboard warrior. Now go ask your mom if she will drive you to McDonald's for a happy meal. That is if you can lift your ass out of get basement!

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7/30/13 4:54 PM by frostyturd

It will be interesting to read the facts as they are unveiled in court.

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7/30/13 4:51 PM by Vitor29

I know you're a pathetic excuse for a man. I don't need to know anything else.

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7/30/13 4:50 PM by PatK

And before this thread goes more retard, a couple of things I'd like to point out1) Police and State have said that the home followed state regulations and it has been cleared2) Cook County Medical Examiners office has ruled this a homicide3) The cop is most likely getting charged.

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7/30/13 4:38 PM by PatK

Yes you did. lol @ a 5 year old being capable of killing or causing serious bodily harm to you or your fellow gangmembersNow quick, change the subject or come up with some lame insult that incorporates "tart" into it like you always do in an attempt to deflect from the fact that you're totally wrong about something.