PARK FOREST | Village officials said they support a police officer who faces a criminal charge in connection with the death of a 95-year-old man who was a longtime resident of Glenwood.
Craig Taylor, 43, who has been with the Police Department for 10 years, is charged with reckless conduct in the July 26 death of John Wrana, who had been a resident of the Victory Centre for four months. During his years as a Glenwood resident, the World War II Army Air Corps veteran was head of the local chapter of Amvets.
In a statement issued by the Police Department, officials said, “Officer Taylor has been an outstanding police officer in our community since 2004 and has our full support.”
In filing charges this week, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said charges are warranted because Taylor is alleged to have fired a shotgun containing beanbag rounds at Wrana at such close range that the blasts hitting him in the abdomen wound up being deadly.
But in the statement, officials said, “We believe that the facts of this case do not justify any criminal charges being filed against Officer Taylor.”
A judge allowed Taylor to remain free without posting bond while the case is pending.
The state’s attorney this week said that Taylor was one of several officers called to the Victory Centre when Wrana became belligerent with paramedics attempting to transport him to an area hospital.
Prosecutors said Wrana grabbed a knife when police tried entering his room, resulting in Taylor firing the shots. Wrana died the next day at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.