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Jun 14, 2013 9:05 AM

Houston Officer No-Billed In Disabled Man's Death

HOUSTON - A grand jury has declined to indict a Houston police officer over a disturbance in which he fatally shot a double amputee who had a history of mental illness.

Investigators have said Brian Claunch last September threatened Officer Matthew Marin's partner with what turned out to be a pen.

The Houston Chronicle reports Marin was no-billed Monday. Police Chief Charles McClelland declined comment Thursday as the internal affairs investigation continues.

Court records show a 2002 mental health examination showed Claunch had a number of psychiatric hospitalizations. He became a ward of Harris County.

A caretaker at a group home where Claunch lived called police when he became agitated. Marin said Claunch, who used a wheelchair, backed his partner into a corner and threatened him with a shiny object.

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