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95-year-old man dies after cops use Taser, strike him with bean- bag rounds

A 95-year-old man died after police Tasered him and struck him with bean-bag rounds when he confronted officers with a 12-inch butcher knife, a cane and a shoehorn Friday at an assisted living home in south suburban Park Forest.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Main Street in Park Forest at 8:42 p.m. Friday after John Warna became combative with a private ambulance company attempting to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment, Park Forest Police said. The facility is Victory Centre of Park Forest, a “supportive living” center for senior citizens, according to the company’s website.

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

He was threatening facility staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a two-foot metal shoehorn when officers arrived, police said.

He refused to drop the items when commanded and instead grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife, police said.

The officers attempted to use a Taser on Warna to no avail and then struck him with bean-bag rounds, which finally caused him to drop the knife, police said.

He was conscious and talking when he was hospitalized, police said. Warna died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen, according to an autopsy from the medical examiner’s office.

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

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