The FBI will help investigate what led a Houston police officer to shoot and kill a wheelchair-bound double amputee who was agitated and threatening police with what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, the city's police chief said Monday.
Police Chief Charles McClelland also asked the community to "reserve
judgment" on the officer and his actions this weekend at the Healing
Hands group home for the mentally ill, and sought to reassure the public
that all of the city's officers are trained to deal with people with
Officer Matthew Marin shot 45-year-old Brian Claunch early
Saturday after responding to a call that the one-armed, one-legged man
was causing a disturbance inside the home. Police have said Claunch
cornered and threatened Marin, who reportedly told investigators he
didn't know the object in Claunch's hand was a pen.
"It is my desire to have everyone reserve judgment until all the
facts and evidence in this investigation have been gathered," McClelland
said in a statement.