Family Seeks Answers After Cops Shoot, Taser Elderly Man

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    Family seeks answers after man dies following nursing home incident.

    A family is seeking answers after a 95-year-old man died earlier this summer following an altercation with Park Forest police in a suburban nursing home.

    Police were called to the Victory Center Senior Living Facility on July 26 after John Wrana got unruly with staff when they tried to treat him for a health issue.

    Police say the WWII veteran was holding a knife and a cane when they Tasered him and shot him in the stomach with a bean bag round. He later died of internal bleeding.

    "Why with at least six police officers did a supervisor authorize use of force with a bean bag shotgun against an almost 96-year-old man who was wobbly on his feet and suffering a physical and delusional episode," the family's attorney, Nicholas Grapas, said.

    Illinois State Police are investigating the incident, but Wrana's family is frustrated that seven weeks have gone by and they haven't heard anything.

    "Why would you treat a senior citizen of that age like this. I don't understand it at all," Wrana's stepdaughter, Sharon Mangerson, said.

    "All I can imagine is that he was scared to death. All of a sudden they storm in like that, he was probably scared to death," Wrana's grandson, Steve Mangerson, said.

    Wrana's family has not filed a lawsuit in the case, but Grapas says there is a possibility in the future.

    Park Forest Police officials told NBC 5 that they can't comment on the case while it's still under investigation.

    "Somebody has to be held accountable for what occurred with him. I mean that was very unnecessary. Anyone who knew him knew he was in a very fragile state of health," Sharon Mangerson said.