John Wrana - a World War II veteran who allegedly wielded a cane, a shoehorn, and a knife against cops – was killed when he was shot with beanbag rounds in his Chicago’s south suburban senior facility last year. He was shot by Craig Taylor, a 43-year-old officer according to a Chicago Tribune report by John Kass on Wednesday. Anita Alvarez, the often-controversial Cook County state’s attorney asserted that Taylor has been charged with one count of reckless conduct as a police officer. The charge is a Class 4 felony.
The case, which is being conducted via a special prosecutions unit, involved Wrana being confronted by police officers at the Victory Centre – an assisted-living facility – last summer. According to reports, Wrana was refusing medical treatment for a urinary tract infection when he allegedly became quite belligerent. For some reason, the assisted living facility thought they needed to call police. When police arrived, police attempted to Taser Wrana but missed. So instead, Taylor fired a 12-gauge Mossberg police shotgun five times at the elderly victim from approximately 6-to-8 feet – when the manufacturer’s guidelines for the firearm recommends a distance of 21-to-50 feet.
After being shot and taken down, Wrana died at a hospital a short time later.
In court, it was argued that less harmful measures could certainly have been used to subdue a 95-year-old man who depended on a walker to walk.
Only Taylor – reportedly a Park Forest officer - was charged in the incident, and if convicted he will only face anything from probation to three years in prison.