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John Warna, 95-Year-Old Illinois Man, Dies after Confrontation with Forest Park Police

A 95-year-old Chicago-area man has died after a Friday confrontation with police during which he allegedly threatened officers with a cane and a butcher knife.

WGN reports John Warna, a resident of Victory Centre assisted living in Forest Park, Illinois, allegedly threatened staff with a cane and a shoehorn.

UPI reports Warna allegedly grew combative when employees of a private ambulance company arrived to transfer him to a hospital for medical treatment. Warna, who was involuntarily committed to the facility, allegedly refused to surrender when Forest Park police arrived at the scene of the disturbance.

When officers ordered Warna to drop his weapons and surrender he instead allegedly grabbed a large butcher knife. Officers then Tased the elderly man and shot him with a less-lethal beanbag projectile.

Warna was reportedly conscious and talking as he was taken to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 2:30 am on Saturday. The specific cause of his death has not yet been determined; an autopsy is scheduled.

The Ilinois State Police is also investigating the incident.

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