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Article updated: 7/29/2013 3:58 PM

Coroner: Police bean bags killed 95-year-old man

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By Associated Press

The Cook County medical examiner's office says a 95-year-old suburban man died from being shot with a police bean bag gun.

John Warna died Saturday following a scuffle with Park Forest police, who had to use a Taser and a bean bag gun to subdue him because he was threatening them with a foot-long knife, a cane and a shoehorn.


The medical examiner's office says Monday that Warna died from abdominal cavity bleeding and blunt force trauma from the bean bags. His death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators say Warna became upset after paramedics tried to take him to a medical facility. That's when he used the cane and a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn to threaten paramedics and police before grabbing the butcher knife.

Police are reviewing the incident.

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