Saturday, September 22, 2012

Houston officer kills man in wheelchair holding a pen

This is more of a "not trained enough" police officer, rather than a dirty cop, where a Houston police officer shot and killed a man in a wheelchair, who only had one leg and one arm. The man in the wheelchair was holding a pen, and apparently was trying to stab the officer. From the article, it sounds like the officer who was cornered by the man in the wheelchair was not the one who shot him but it seems the officer's partner was the one. He didn't know what the man in the wheelchair had in his hand so he shot him and killed him. The man in the wheelchair has one arm, wouldn't the officer be able to grab that one arm? Who knows I guess, we weren't there. But another person killed by the cops.
HOUSTON (AP) — 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.


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.


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 neighbor to death at an apartment complex and opened fired when the suspect refused to drop the knife.
Source: Yahoo! News

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