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Amputee fatally shot by Houston police named

9:44 AM, Sep 24, 2012   |    comments
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HOUSTON -- Authorities have identified the one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair fatally shot by a Houston police officer.

The Houston Chronicle reports that five-year veteran Matthew Marin shot Brian Claunch on Saturday.

Police say Marin and his partner felt threatened by Claunch, who was waving an object that turned out to be a silver pen. The Chronicle reports that Marin had shot someone else in the line of duty three years ago.

He will work three days of desk duty. The head of a local police violence group questions whether Marin was justified in shooting Claunch.

Civilians Down co-founder Arlene Kelly tells the newspaper that she wonders how dangerous a suspect is if he only has one arm and one good leg.

The Associated Press

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