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NYPD aren't the only cops who make mistakes

(CNN) -- A Houston police officer shot and killed a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double amputee threatening people with a pen at a group home for the mentally ill after authorities said the man advanced on the officer's partner.

The shooting occurred early Saturday morning after police responded to a call that resident Brian Claunch was acting aggressively after his caretaker refused to give him a cigarette and a soda, the owner of the home and police said.

"The officers made verbal commands for the suspect to drop whatever he had in his hand, to stay still and to speak with the officers, but the suspect continued to make threats," Jodi Silva, a police spokeswoman, told CNN affiliate KTRK in Houston.

Claunch, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, trapped one of the officers with his wheelchair in the corner of a room and attempted to stab the officer with an object that turned out to be a pen.

Officer Matt Marin, "in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself, discharges his duty weapon, striking the suspect," Silva said.

Marin shot Claunch once. He died at the scene, according to investigators.
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Not a boo-boo

This was no "mistake" if the comments and actions taken were in fact what did happen. It points out all too well the circumstances any police officer has to make a decision in what is always very short. i won't dwell on this as it may become, "what ifs" posts, etc.. I would like to think the officer(s) should had other choices or capable to extract themselves other than using deadly force. -----Willy Happy

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The guy had one leg, one arm and was in a wheelchair.

One good kick to the wheels and he'd no longer have been a "threat" to anyone.

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