When a man carrying a knife lunged toward six police officers inside a Wonder Lake home over the weekend, two beanbags fired from a shotgun failed to stop the charge, but a third bag penetrated his head and left him fighting for his life Monday, authorities said.
Illinois State Police are investigating whether the McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who fired the silver-dollar-size beanbags Saturday did so with intent to kill the man, identified as David Maxson, 43.
The injury to Maxson caused dangerous brain swelling, said Anthony Redici, 33, whose mother is engaged to Maxson and who lives with the couple in the 4800 block of West Wonder Lake Drive, where the incident happened.
“David has severe depression, and police have been out here twice and they’re aware of his suicidal tendencies,” Redici said. “There should be police training that enables officers to calm down a person like David rather than resort to violence.”
Beanbags and balls of pepper? Why don’t they just shoot kittens at people and be done with it.