Officer shoots, kills double-amputee in wheelchair

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair when he wielded an object that turned out to be a pen.

Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Saturday that the man in the wheelchair had cornered the officer and was making threats. The shooting took place in a group home whose caretaker had called police and said the man was creating a disturbance.

Silva said the man was making threats and waving "an unknown metal object" that turned out to be a pen. He said the man and the officer were within inches of each other.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m.

The name of the victim was not immediately release. Silva said the officer is a five-year veteran of the department.

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