Police Shoot, Kill Wheelchair Bound Double Amputee Who Cornered Officer

Posted on September 22, 2012


Texas (The Gaslamp Post) – A man with one arm and one leg was shot and killed by police in a Houston area group home earlier today, after he reportedly cornered an officer in his wheelchair.  Police were called to the home at around 2:00 am, this morning, after a man with a history of mental illness became combative, when his caregiver didn’t give him a cigarette and a soda.

The man, Brian Claunch, had previous run-ins with police in the 18 months during which he resided at the group home.  Police were called once before when he refused to re-enter the home on one occasion, but complied once officers arrived.

Claunch had reportedly lost his right arm and his right leg, just below the knee, after being hit by a train several years ago.

According to police spokeswoman Jodi Silva, Claunch was shot by one of the responding officers after he reportedly cornered his partner with his wheelchair, refused to comply with police instructions, and made “threatening” gestures towards the officer with an object.  It was later revealed that the object was only a pen.

“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.”

Silva said that Claunch had come within a foot of the officer he was attempting to corner when his partner, now identified as Houston police officer Matthew Marin, believed that his partner was in danger and drew his service weapon.  When Claunch failed to comply with his instructions, he reportedly fired his weapon, killing Claunch.

Officer Marin has served with the department for 5 years.

“It was close quarters in the area of the house,” Silva said. “The officer was forced into an area where he had no way to get out.”

As standard policy, Officer Marin has been placed on three-day administrative leave, pending an investigation.
(h/t:  Drudge Report)
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