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In Houston, Texas, a police officer took it upon himself to shoot and kill a one-armed, one-legged man who was in a wheelchair this past Saturday.

The shooting happened inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a object that turned out to be nothing more than a pen. The Police spokeswoman said “the man cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen.”

The spokeswoman also said that at the time, the officer did not know what the metal object was and that 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, the officer discharged his weapon,” the police department went on to say.

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 home for nearly 18 months. Garcia also 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. This guy just had some pretty bad luck in life.

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