Police officer kills one-armed, one-legged man waving a shiny object that turned out to be a pen

A Houston police officer shot and killed a  one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair on Saturday inside a group home in  Southeast Houston after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and  aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.

Brian Claunch, who had been diagnosed with  schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was shot in the head after he threatened  police with an object that was later identified as a silver pen, according to  KHOU-TV.

Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man  cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to  stab the officer with the pen.

Southeast Houston

Deadly shooting: An officer shot and killed a double  amputee at this group home in Southeast Houston

At the time, the officer did not know what  the metal object was that the man was waving, Silva said.

She said the man came ‘within inches to a  foot’ of the officer and did not follow instructions to calm down and remain  still.

‘Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own  safety, he discharged his weapon,’ Silva told The Associated Press.

Though police have not confirmed the identity  of the man killed, other residents said it was Claunch, whom they believe was in  his mid-40s.

Police had been called to the home after a  caretaker there called and reported that the man in wheelchair was causing a  disturbance.

The owner of the group home, John Garcia,  told the Houston Chronicle that the man had a history of mental illness and had  been living at the house about 18 months. Garcia said the man had told him that  he lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a  train.

‘He sometimes would go off a bit, but you  just ignore it,’ Garcia told the newspaper.

Silva identified the officer as Matthew Jacob  Marin, a five-year veteran of the department. He was immediately placed on  three-day administrative leave, which is standard in all shootings involving  officers.

Houston police records indicate that Marin  also fatally shot a suspect in 2009. Investigators at the time said Marin came  upon a man stabbing his neighbor to death at an apartment complex and opened  fired when the suspect refused to drop the knife.

On Saturday, Marin and his partner arrived at  the group home around 2:30 a.m. Silva said there were several people at the  house at the time. The caretaker who called police waited on the porch while the  officers went inside, she said.

‘It was close quarters in the area of the  house,’ Silva said. ‘The officer was forced into an area where he had no way to  get out.’

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