FBI joins investigation of shooting by officer

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By Sarah Barchus

The FBI said it would help investigate why a Houston police officer shot and killed a disabled man Saturday, The New York Times reported.

Police Chief Charles McClelland said that Brian Claunch, a wheelchair-bound double amputee, was acting aggressively and threatened an officer with a pen, The New York Times reported.

Police went to the Healing Hands group home for the mentally ill on Saturday after receiving a call that Claunch was causing a disturbance, The New York Times reported. Owner John Garcia said Claunch suffered from schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder and had lived at the home for 18 months, the Cable News Network reported.

Police said Claunch cornered an officer with his wheelchair while holding an object, CNN reported.

The officer couldn't get out and Claunch refused to show his hands, a Houston police department representative who declined to be identified said.

Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said officer Matt Marin feared for his partner's and his own safety and shot Claunch in the head, CNN reported.

Investigators said Claunch died at the scene, CNN reported.

According to published reports, in October 2009 Marin also shot and killed an armed man who had stabbed his girlfriend and neighbor, CNN reported.

Police said they are following department policy and Marin has been placed on administrative leave, CNN reported.


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