Chris Grant, a supposed “hero” of the El Paso shooting, turns out to be anything but. The 50 year old Grant claimed that he hurled bottles to distract the El Paso Walmart gunman. He was even honored by the White House for his “actions,” however it has come to light that he lied about most of the details and was not any kind of a hero after all.
Grant was one of 11 people invited to the White House to be honored by President Trump for their bravery in the midst of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, which happened within hours of each other.
However, Grant was detained by the Secret Service at the White House, and according to ABC news, authorities are now questioning his account of events. Grant, who was wounded in the shooting, said that he had hurled bottles at accused gunman Patrick Crusius to try to distract him, rather than fleeing from the rampage that killed 22. Then, he claimed, the shooter turned his weapon on him.
But El Paso police told ABC Wednesday that video surveillance they have now had time to review contradicts Grant’s description of events.
“[His actions] were basically human instincts, survival instincts but they were not heroic or as he described,” police spokesman Enrique Carrillo told the network. But Carrillo declined to comment on what specific action Grant took, or comment on what interaction, if any, he had with Crusius.
Carrillo went on to say that “Nobody bothered to check with us. If they had they would have been informed, as I am telling you now, that our detectives reviewed hours of video and his actions did not match his account … His statements were inconsistent with what was revealed on video.”
On the day he was to be honored, Grant was detained by the Secret Service outside of the White House for being a “fugitive from justice,” a spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department told ABC..
“Hero” Actually a “Fugitive”
The Secret Service confirmed to the news network that a man with an “active arrest warrant” was temporarily detained, but would not provide his name. The Metro police spokeswoman confirmed that the detained person was in fact Grant.
He was subsequently released, and the status of the case is unclear, according to the report.
His mother, who was in attendance of the ceremony, accepted a certificate of commendation on his behalf.
Grant was later released from custody and it is unclear where the case stands.
A list of honorees from the White House event, obtained by ABC News, did not include Grant, however, apparently no attempt to rescind the Certificate has been made.
Grant has refused requests to speak to the media since ABC News broke this story last week.