Texas police officer shoots and kills amputee in a wheelchair

Brian Claunch 
By: Debbie Gross 

Residents of Houston, Texas, are fuming after they learned that police shot and killed a severely disabled man in his wheelchair.

A schizophrenic double amputee waving a pen from his wheelchair was fatally shot last week, by a police officer.

Police were called to the personal care home on 4309 Polk East End at 2:00 a.m., because resident Brian Claunch had become agitated after his caretaker refused to give him a drink and a cigarette, said John Garcia, the owner of the house.

"He approached them aggressively," Houston Police Department spokesperson Jodi Silva said. "He was trying to stab them. We now know that the object he was holding was a pen," the spokesperson added.

Claunch, who had been living at the home for the past 18 months with two other men, ignored orders of the officers, and made threats against them and other occupants of the house, Garcia said.

Claunch caught one of the officers in a corner, authorities said.

Matthew Marin, a veteran of Houston Police Department for five years, fired his weapon at least once, fearing for the safety of his co-workers and himself, Silva said. Claunch died at the scene.