Cops: El Paso Shooting 'Hero' Made Up His Story

Chris Grant was honored by President Trump Monday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2019 3:09 AM CDT
Cops: El Paso Shooting 'Hero' Made Up His Story
President Trump presents a Certificate of Commendation to Minnie Grant, the mother of Christopher Grant, at a ceremony in the East Room of the White Hous, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

For many people, the day they visited the White House to be honored for heroic actions would be one to remember with pride. It didn't work out that way for El Paso mass shooting survivor Christopher Grant. The 50-year-old was arrested by Secret Service agents when he arrived with his family to meet President Trump Monday, Time reports. The Secret Service says Grant was detained because there was a warrant out for his arrest, but he was released after it was determined that the agency involved would not extradite him. Grant's mother collected the certificate from the president on his behalf, but police in El Paso later accused him of lying about his actions during the Aug. 3 attack on a Walmart, in which 22 people died, ABC reports. Grant was shot twice during the attack and spent two days in an induced coma.

Grant told reporters that he was shot after throwing soda bottles at the gunman to distract him, but El Paso police said Wednesday that store security video did not support his story, the El Paso Times reports. Trump recounted Grant's story Monday as he presented five civilians with commendations. "Chris grabbed—listen to this—soda bottles, and anything else in front of him, and began hurling them at the gunman, distracting him from the other shoppers and causing the shooter to turn towards Chris and fire at him," the president said. El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, however, said the video tells a different story. "We are not demeaning his reaction which are of basic human instincts but they amount to an act of self-preservation and nothing above that," Carillo said. (More El Paso shooting stories.)

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