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Elderly Man Tasered To Death By Police

Elderly Man Tasered By Police, Shot With Bean Bag Rounds

An elderly man tasered to death by police was first reported on Saturday by NBC Chicago.

This “hard to believe there wasn’t an easier way” case began when the nursing home resident, 95-year-old John Warna, began threatening paramedics and staff with a cane and a metal shoehorn, the website noted.

Staff at Park Forest’s Victory Centre on the 100 block of South Main Street phoned police, who arrived at the complex several minutes later.

It was at this point, authorities said, that Warna turned his attention to officers, threatening them with a 12-inch butcher knife.

The officers responded by hitting the 95-year-old with a Taser charge. When that failed to subdue Warna, the officers used several bean bag rounds.

The man was still conscious and talking to officers and staff as he was being transported to a local hospital by paramedics, according to a department press release.

Warna first arrived at St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights before being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He died at close to 2:30 a.m., authorities said.

Medical examiners had not released a cause of death on Saturday evening.

While it does seem that the elderly man tasered to death by Park Forest police could have been subdued in an easier way, that’s pretty easy to say when you’re not the one actually there in the moment.

There have been several examples as of late of elderly people being more than a handful.

In April, The Inquisitr brought you a report on Annie Oliver of Kansas City, who was charged with the brutal murder of her husband Ronald.

Despite being on a constant supply of oxygen and showing years of frailty to those who knew her, Oliver reportedly called her granddaughter after the crime, stating that her husband had been “talking smart,” so she hit him with a baseball bat and then cut him with a knife.

Then, in February, an elderly man shot and killed 33-year-old home intruder Deyfon Pipkins.

As for the elderly man tasered to death by police, do you think the officers could have found another way?

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15 Responses to “Elderly Man Tasered To Death By Police”

  1. Charleston Chu

    Those cops should have known that tasering somebody that old could potentially be fatal.

    But no…"the 95 year-old was brandishing a knife, so we tased him, just like we was trained to do…"

    Lazy, incompetent, un-professional…and that is the kind way of putting it. They should be busted down to mall security, and banned from working as LEO's, for the rest of their careers.

  2. Sandra Sanford

    Why do you ask? Which, exactly, do you think would make it worse, if the man were black or if he were white? Gees…your question on its merit sure makes you seem to be the token racist in this discussion.

  3. Oliver Schaudt

    He was alive after tasering, this article reinforces conjecture with opinion in order to make breaking news. Factual context after the coroners results. Being arrested and processed is stressful, he was 95 years old. I'm sure tasering didn't help but the police chose non-lethal methods of subduing someone with a knife.

    Also, the article states that the social workers lied when they called, saying the guy had a knife.. but when police arrived, he had a knife? If they were lieing, why would you pick up a knife to prove them wrong?

  4. Anonymous

    Does anyone know the race or national origin of the cops who killed him?

  5. Eric Gould Sr.

    YOU KNOW POLICE NEVER SEEM TO USE GOOD SENCE ANY MORE, SAY WHAT YOU WILL THIS WAS UNCALLED FOR, HE WAS 95 F-ING YEARS OLD, IF YOU F-ING COPS ARE THAT SLOW THAT A 95 YEAR OLD IS A PROBLEM FOR YOU BOTH IN BODY AND MIND, THEN YOUR BULLY ASSES ARE THE PROBLEM YOU ARE WITH OUT A DOUGHT THE STUPID ONE.WAY TO GO!

  6. Ronald Maloney

    Dear God people. We are talking about an elderly person of 90 plus years to be taken out like this. Shameful.To live this long and be tasered to death. What have we been reduced to? No respect to a person who contributed to society all those years. We are all responsible if we don't speak out. These tasers are dangerous to the most healthy of us and should be outlawed. Electric paddlers bring people back from the brink of death and now electric weapons are used to cause death.Jesus wake up. Society is becoming savage.

  7. Nicholas Cheek

    What a bullshit title…tasered to death? He lived well past the tasering.

  8. Nicholas Cheek

    So instead of using a less-lethal option, they should have what? Ran over to him and been cut, or maybe just shot him. Anything "could potentially be fatal".

  9. Patrick McNamara

    Yes – they were native born fucking SISSIES.

  10. Patrick McNamara

    The manufacturer of the DEATH TASER in pig- and RepubliKLAN-friendly Arizona would want us all to believe that their product is a non-lethal option in law enforcement, but, in case you have been out of the country in a foreign land where news is slow in arriving, there have been SCORES of deaths of people of all ages and types as a result of 'police' departments' relaxing of their hiring practices and their new reliance on the DEATH TASERS in each and every arrest where perps are slow to obey or just plain uncooperative. Every little podunk town's cops now sport DEATH TASERS, and IMHO, they should be BANNED because of misuse like this. And give me a fucking break – the 95 year old was a former biker ? The cops couldn't outmuscle Father Time ?

  11. Vernon Trexler

    The question is stupid.taser a guy over 90.stupid dumb@$ s ignorant cops