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WW II Couldn't Kill Him, The Park Forest Police Could

WW II Couldn't Kill Him, The Park Forest Police Could

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Apr 3, 2014

95-year-old John Wrana survived WW II.  He couldn't however survive an encounter with the Park Forest, Illinois Police Department last July.

On the evening of July 26th, Wrana (who lived in a senior living facility) was suffering from delusions believed to have been brought on by a urinary track infection. He had refused medical treatment and police were called.

By the time authorities had arrived, Wrana had retreated into his room and was waiving his cane, a shoehorn and his knife at the officers.  The first responders then called for backup and left Wrana in his room.  Twelve minutes later, multiple officers arrived including one with with a shotgun that shoots beanbag rounds at 190 mph.

The police then stomed the room.  One officer fired a Taser at Wrana but missed.  Another officer then fired five beanbag rounds at Wrana from extrremely close range (6 to 8 feet).

Wrana died from his injuries.

Yesterday, the officer who fired the beanbag rounds was charged with reckless conduct, a felony!

During the 12 p.m. hour of Thursday's radio show, we'll discuss whether the criminal charges are appropriate.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the conversation.



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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.