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How to Serve and Protect against double amputee in a wheelchair

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A schizophrenic double amputee waving a writing pen from his wheelchair was fatally shot early Saturday by a Houston police officer…

Police were called to the East End personal care home around 2 a.m. because resident Brian Claunch had become agitated after his caretaker refused to give him a soda and a cigarette, said John Garcia, the owner of the home at 4309 Polk.

“He was approaching them aggressively,” said Houston Police Department spokes­woman Jodi Silva. “He was attempting to stab them with what is now found to be a pen.”

Claunch, who had been living at the home for the past 18 months with two other men, ignored officers’ commands and made threats against them and other occupants of the home, Garcia said the caretaker told him. Claunch trapped one of the officers in a corner, authorities said.

Matthew Marin, a five-year HPD veteran, fired his weapon at least one time, fearing for his partner’s safety and his own…

You really needn’t say much more than that.

Garcia said he was stunned at the news when he arrived at the home Saturday morning, shortly after the incident.

“He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia said of Claunch…

Garcia said Claunch liked to “doodle” and two days ago he had given him a black felt pen to draw with. Garcia said he was not sure if it was that pen or another one that Claunch was waving at the time of the incident…

Three men who rent a house across the street from the group home said its presence posed no trouble for the neighborhood…”It’s a quiet little area,” said Randy Kingery, a land surveyor. “We’ve never had any problems.”

Kingery said he and his roommates, who were on the front porch when police arrived, heard a gunshot about two minutes after the first officers pulled up…

As is standard practice with officer-involved shootings, Marin, who is assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, will work three days of desk duty. The incident will be investigated by HPD’s homicide and internal affairs divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Silva said.

Houston coppers investigating Houston coppers. Yup.

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Written by Ed Campbell

September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. 2 minutes ain’t a lot of time to use your baton, pepper spray, taser or footwork…against a guy with 1 arm and 1 leg in a wheelchair – before you decide you’re safer if you shoot him.

    moss

    September 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

  2. Oh my word.

    argylesock

    September 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

  3. wow, we really need to revamp what being a danger to a police officer is. I read a post about an officer who shot a puppy six times in front of the owner because he thought the dog was going to bite him. It was a puppy for god-s sake……..a badge and a gun is weidling way too much power these days……..

  4. A double amputee in a wheelchair. OMG, our police force has lost it’s sanity and common sense. Unless that guy was waving a gun and pointing it at the officers, there was NO REASON WHATSOEVER to shoot that man. What? We the police afraid of being run down by a wheelchair and the guy would write all over their faces? Seriously, this is not a joking matter. Although I think there are way too many frivolous and unwarranted lawsuits today – this one is not. His family should sue the asses off the force and make sure those officers never work in any type of law enforcement, security, etc. again. In fact, they should never be able to own or carry a gun after this.

    Michelle at Motley News

    September 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm


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