Man's Death After Confrontation With Police Ruled a Homicide

llinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is reviewing Friday evening incident

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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Man's Death After Confrontation With Police Ruled a Homicide

The Victory Centre of Park Forest

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Saturday's death of a 95-year-old nursing home resident who was shocked by a Taser and struck with bean bag rounds during a confrontation with police has been ruled a homicide by officials in the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

An autopsy showed John Wrana died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen from being hit with the bean bags.

Officials at the Victory Centre of Park Forest, the south suburban home where Wrana lived, said the man was displaying "unusually aggressive behavior" on Friday evening. When police arrived, they said Wrana was threatening paramedics and staff with a cane and a metal shoehorn.

Police said they struck him with a Taser and bean bag rounds after he threatened officers with a 12-inch butcher knife.

Wrana was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he later died. Police said he was conscious and communicating when he was transported.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit was reviewing the incident, the SouthtownStar reported.

(Correction: This article, originally published July 29, 2013, misspelled the victim's last name, based on incorrect information provided by police and the medical examiner's office.)

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