Posted: Sep 24, 2012 12:33 PM by NBC News
Updated: Sep 24, 2012 12:44 PM
HOUSTON - Community activists demanded answers and an investigation Monday after a Houston police officer shot and killed a double-amputee in a wheelchair.
According to police, an officer responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a group home in southwest houston around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Police said the person in charge of the home said the man inside, Brian Claunch, 45, had a history of mental illness and was threatening other residents.
The officers said Claunch was swinging the object in a threatening manner towards them and the residents. Investigators said the officers told Claunch to drop the object, but he refused. Police said five-year veteran Matthew Marin then fired his gun at Claunch, shooting him in the head
"It's tight quarters in there, and he was able to corner the officer back into the corner of the room," said police spokesperson Jodi Silva.
Officials with the Houston Police Department said the object Claunch was wielding turned out to be a pen. Claunch had a criminal record including possession, trespassing, auto theft and resisting arrest.
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