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Elderly man dies after police Taser & strike him with bean bag rounds

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PARK FOREST, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 95-year-old man died after police Tasered him and struck him with bean bag rounds when he confronted officers with a butcher knife, a cane and a shoehorn Friday at an assisted living home in south suburban Park Forest.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Main Street in Park Forest at 8:42 p.m. when the man became combative with a private ambulance company attempting to involuntarily transport him for medical treatment, Park Forest police said. The facility is Victory Centre of Park Forest, a "supportive living" center for senior citizens, according to the company's website.

John Warna, 95, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Warna was threatening facility staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a two-foot metal shoehorn when officers arrived, police said.

He refused to drop the items when commanded and instead grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife, police said.

The officers attempted to Taser the man to no avail and then struck him with bean bag rounds, which finally caused the man to drop the knife, police said.

He was conscious and talking when he was hospitalized, police said.

Warna died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen, according to an autopsy from the medical examiner's office.

The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit is reviewing the incident.

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