Wheelchair-Bound Man Shot Dead By Police

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Adelle Platon / September 24, 2012

A double amputee in a wheelchair was shot dead by Houston police after threatening officials with what turned out to be a pen.

According to Yahoo! News, an employee at a nursing home for the mentally ill 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, was bound to a wheelchair after losing an arm and leg in a train accident. He cornered a policeman with his wheelchair and tried to stab him with what was later identified as a silver pen.

When Claunch refused to drop the object after the officer ordered him to, the police official shot and killed him.