Autopsy report pushes John Wrana probe forward

"When he advanced towards the officer, brandishing the knife in a threatening manner, an officer fired a less lethal super sock round from a shotgun which knocked the subject to the floor, allowing them to handcuff him."

What this preliminary police narrative given to medical examiner investigators does not address is the frail nature of the "subject."

But in earlier pages, the ME's report does just that, detailing Wrana's ailments. Included are heart problems and a "degenerative disk disease of the thoracic and lumbar spine."

How an old, old man who needed a cane to walk a few feet could frighten police so much that they first shot him with a Taser and then in the guts with a 12-gauge beanbag round is beyond me.

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Wrana not only had a degenerative spinal condition, according to the medical examiner's report, he also suffered from hardening of the arteries and bone spurs in his joints.

Not exactly a ninja.

Another thing we have found in our reporting so far involves Park Forest police training with the Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun that shoots the bean bag or "super sock" rounds.

In the documents we received through a Freedom of Information request, police who are training to use the so-called less lethal shotgun rounds are given guidelines.

Under "Target factors to consider" are listed the following:

Sex of target, pregnant, size of suspect, distance to suspect, clothing, under the influence of alcohol/drugs, obvious signs of injury and psyche of suspect.

Oh, and one other factor police are to consider:


John Wrana was just weeks shy of his 96th birthday.

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