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Police Shoot Unarmed One Armed Amputee!

September 24, 2012



A US police officer has shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair after the double amputee waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.

Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man cornered the officer at a group home on Saturday and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen.

At the time, the officer did not know what man was waving, Silva said.

She said the man came “within inches to a foot” of the officer and did not follow instructions to calm down and remain still.

“Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon,” Silva said.

The victim has been named as Brian Claunch

They had been called to the home in Houston, Texas, after a caretaker there reported that a man in a wheelchair was causing a disturbance.

The owner of the group home, John Garcia, told the Houston Chronicle that the man had a history of mental illness and had been living at the house about 18 months.

Garcia said Mr Claunch had told him he lost a leg above the knee and one arm when he was hit by a train.

“He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia told the newspaper.

Silva identified the officer as Matthew Jacob Marin, a five-year veteran of the department.

He was immediately placed on three-day administrative leave, which is standard in all shootings involving officers.

Houston police records indicate that Marin also fatally shot a suspect in 2009.

Investigators at the time said Marin came upon a man stabbing his neighbour to death at an apartment complex and opened fire when the suspect refused to drop the knife.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 24, 2012 7:39 pm

    At the Brownlow…

    The winner is… Tanya (again)–2012-20120924-26gye.html?selectedImage=26

  2. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 24, 2012 7:44 pm–2012-20120924-26gye.html?selectedImage=38

    Though Brynne looks a treat!

    Geoffrey is a lucky man!

    …and I’m still attraced to the 80s model.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 24, 2012 7:46 pm

    False start, here’s Brynne. the other photo was of someone too demure for my taste.–2012-20120924-26gye.html?selectedImage=42

  4. September 25, 2012 3:17 pm

    Continuing our irregular series in concise movie reviews, here is my review of “Resident Evil 5: Retribution….”

    Renegade Umbrella Corporation employee and clone “Alice,” finds herself trapped with some zombies in an underground Umbrella Corporation testing facility. Some people come and rescue her. There is an awful lot of shooting. The bad guys get killed and Alice escapes. The end.

    A half star.

  5. JAWS permalink
    September 25, 2012 6:28 pm

    What about the new Aussie movie “Bait” ?

    Set in a department store on the coast of Qld which gets hit by a massive tsunami killing thousands which also floods the store trapping the main characters on the department store shelving.

    The problem is that the store is also flooded with maneating sharks.

    Should keep inbred Queenslanders and South Australians transfixed I’d say.

    In fact they should consider waiting for the DVD and having a movie night at their school hall.

    Many benefits including something about a multiplier effect

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    September 25, 2012 7:47 pm

    I think Wally has finally lost the plot … oh, wait … how can you lose what you never had … 😆

  7. September 25, 2012 9:48 pm

    @post .. “A US police officer has shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair after the double amputee waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.”

    No surprise here. I`ve seen a doco on the Telly about taser stun guns. The yank cop killed an old guy in a wheel-chair. Tasered him to death for `non-compliance` with police instruction. The old guy he killed couldn`t `get-down-on-the-ground` .. his legs didn`t work, thus the wheel-chair.

  8. JAWS ( why do they need weekends off ?) permalink
    September 25, 2012 10:21 pm

    Hang in they won’t need DVDs

    They”ll have the NBN

    That’ll pay for the school halls

  9. September 28, 2012 12:48 pm

    It looks like Jill Marr was Cobbied.
    Abc1 reports .. A man has been in court charged with raping and killing Jill Marr. He has taken police to a grave in Gissben. The mans name is Adrian ? .. I missed the surname.

  10. JAWS permalink
    September 28, 2012 1:10 pm

    Thanks scoop

    Did you just wake up ?

  11. el gordo permalink
    September 28, 2012 1:37 pm

    ‘Did you just wake up ?’

    He’s on the afternoon shift.

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