Skip to comments.Houston officer kills double amputee in wheelchair
Posted on 09/23/2012 5:35:03 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy
A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.
Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen. At the time, the officer did not know what the metal object was that the 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 told The Associated Press.
Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was killed. They had been called to the home after a caretaker there called and reported that the man in 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 the man had told him that he lost a leg above the knee and all of 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.
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Hope he didnt have a dog also.
But — but — he felt threatened. That pen might have been loaded.
He was a foot away and the cop couldn’t identify that he was waving a pen?
Righteous kill. As long as this skin-head bloused booted multiple murderer goes home, who cared how many double amputees he butchers? It’s only a civilian, and a cripple, at that. No great loss...
Was the pen mightier than the sword?
After the suspension [vacation] is over, he will be immediately promoted to the rank of at least sergent.
When the SHTF, very few Americans will feel that cops are the good guys. Cops are neighborhood bullies and will be seen as such.
Maybe the cop thought he had a pen zip gun.
There is zero doubt how this would end if the shooter wasn’t a cop.
Local news says the wheelchair guy “cornered” the cop and made him feel threatened.
I’m sure there are some pretty tough guys in wheelchairs but
the dude had only one arm and one leg and TWO cops couldn’t
get any leverage on him?
Crazed amputee badasses with bic pens will be the death of us all.
This brings tears to my eyes and boiling anger. My sister lives in a group home for retarded adults and some of them have serious emotional and anger problems. I just cannot imagine that any police officer called to a group home for a disturbance would shoot a man in a wheelchair with only one arm and one leg.
Overhere[the U.S.] the police are agents of the State. We[Conservatives,Christians, Veterans]are now considered enemies of said State. But, but, but,... we are not being rounded up and arrested yet. No, but obama is working on issueing Executive Orders to do that. Congress has given him the authority to do so.
I didn't click the article, but I envision a lot.
A guy mauled by a train is either a railway worker, a stupid drunk or someone trying to hobo a bit.
Either scenerio, I see the guy to be maybe 30's or so.
How pissed off deranged could a guy be (that hadn't had any or much mental therapy to deal with the loss of what I'm sure the guy considered his life) and especially when the owner of the group home (not known for re-hab) says, "Yeah, he flips out every now and then.
Y'call a doctor for a shot in the arm ... not one in the heart.
Just my tuppence worth.
When the American people cheered at the murder of Terry Schiavo, it meant future killings of this kind.
It's a license to kill.
>> When the American people cheered at the murder of Terry Schiavo, it meant future killings of this kind.
Many were salivating.
And at one time in the past, the cops would have handled the situation without shooting the man. But that was then and this is now.
Good Lord, summary execution.
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