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article imageHouston: Unarmed double amputee shot dead in wheelchair by police

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By Larry Clifton     Sep 23, 2012 in Crime
Houston - He’s only got one arm and a leg, confined to a wheelchair and lived in a group home. To boot, he’s unarmed, save an ink pen in his hand.
But somehow, a Houston police officer, backed up by another officer, could not take down the alleged mentally disturbed patient without taking out his gun and shooting him to death, according to a Fox News report.
The officer’s report claims he shot the double amputee in his wheelchair because the man waved the pen aggressively and the officer was unable to recognize the writing pen for what it was even though the two were only separated by “inches to a foot.”
Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva claims the man “cornered the officer in his wheelchair” and threatened him while attempting to stab the officer with the pen and the officer couldn’t tell what he was waving at him.
"Fearing for his partner's safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon," Silva told The Associated Press.
The unidentified man has a history of mental illness and lived at the house about 18 months prior to being killed in the shooting. Group-home owner John Garcia told police the man had told him that he lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a train.
"He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it," Garcia told press.
Silva identified the officer as Matthew Jacob Marin a five-year veteran of the department said he was placed on standard three-day administrative leave.
According to Fox, Marin and his partner were called to the group home about 2:30 a.m. The home’s caretaker, who called police, waited on the porch while the officers went inside, according to Silva.
"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."
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