Houston police shot and killed a mentally ill double amputee in a wheelchair after he allegedly threatened an officer with a pen and advanced on the officer in his wheelchair.
Saturday morning police arrived at a personal care home after the man, Brian Claunch, started allegedly threatening his caretaker because he wouldn’t give Claunch cigarettes and soda, John Garcia, the home’s owner, told local media.
The orderly called the police. When they arrived, Claunch — who had one arm and one leg and was in his mid-40s — cornered one officer while waving around a weapon, police said. The weapon was a pen.
The other officer, Matthew Marin, then shot Claunch and killed him, police said.
“They both attempted to separate the suspect from the officer, but the suspect continued to swing this object at both officers,” police spokeswoman Jodi Silva told ABC 13 in Houston. “The other officer, officer Marin, in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself, discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect.”
Neighbors told the Houston Chronicle that they heard a single shot about two minutes after police arrived.
Marin has been placed on administrative leave for three days per department policy. The shooting will be investigated by the Harris County prosecutor’s office and Houston Police Department’s internal affairs division.”
“He had a temper” said John Claunch, as if that justifies his murder. He gets angry sometimes, so his intention must be to chase you down in his wheelchair stab you with a pen, right?