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article imageHouston police shoot and kill double amputee armed with a pen

By Darren Weir     Sep 23, 2012 in Crime
Houston - A Houston police officer shot and killed a man in a wheelchair, missing an arm and a leg, when he allegedly threatened people with a pen.
ABC affiliate KTRK says police were called around 2:30 Saturday morning, when the man, began acting aggressively after the night caretaker refused to give him a cigarette and soda. And when he waved a shiny object at police, that turned out to be a ballpoint pen, police shot and killed the man.
Houston Police Department spokesman Jodi Silva says, "The officers made verbal commands for the suspect to drop whatever he had in his hand, to stay still and to speak with the officers, but the suspect continued to make threats." "Officer (Matthew) Marin, in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself, discharges his duty weapon striking the suspect."
The man has been identified as Brian Claunch, who was schizophrenic and had a bipolar disorder and was in his 40s. He lost his arm and leg when he was hit by a train a number of years ago.
KTRK reports that the officer shot and killed another suspect 3-years ago when the suspect lunged at him with a knife. The officer has been placed on three-day administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
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