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Police: Knife-wielding senior citizen dies after being Tasered, hit with bean bag rounds

Updated: July 27, 2013 4:33PM

A 95-year-old man died after officers Tasered and struck him with a round of bean bags for allegedly confronting them with a butcher knife, cane and shoehorn in south suburban Park Forest.

Police were called to the 100 block of Main Street in Park Forest at 8:42 p.m. Friday when the man became combative with a private ambulance company attempting to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment, Park Forest police said.

The man, identified as John Warna by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, was allegedly threatening facility staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a two-foot metal shoehorn when officers arrived.

When ordered to drop the items, the senior citizen refused and instead grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife, police said.

The officers attempted to Taser Warna to no avail, police said. He finally dropped the knife when he was pelted with the bean bag rounds, police said.

Warna was conscious and talking when he was hospitalized, police said.

Warna was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is reviewing the incident.

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