EL PASO, Tx. – He was being honored by the White House for his brave actions that helped save lives during a mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart last month.
But now police say that his story doesn’t add up with the security footage.
Chris Grant allegedly told members of the media that during the terrifying moments inside an El Paso Walmart where 21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire on anyone in sight, he threw soda bottles and other items at the direction of the shooter in order to distract him.
Grant’s heroic decisions had supposedly led the shooter to turn and fire at Grant, allowing others to flee safely away from the gunfire.
Grant was struck twice by rounds from the gunman.
The 50-year-old Texas resident, whose real name is Earnest Christopher Grant, was reportedly one of 11 people to be presented with an honorary ceremony for their bravery during the El Paso and Dayton, Ohio shootings.
But Grant never made it to the event.
Instead, ABC News reported that the Secret Service took Grant into custody in order to question him about his story. The ceremony continued, and Grant’s mother proudly accepted the award on his behalf.
President Trump praised Grant’s supposed actions, but sadly it appears that it’s now just a made up story.
“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,” Trump said during the event on Monday. “Chris suffered two very serious gunshot wounds but he is recovering well and we wish him the best.”
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El Paso authorities have reportedly reviewed the video and has concluded that Grant’s version of the events do not add up with what was caught on tape.
The department did not provide any information about Grant’s course of action to distract the shooter – if there had been any attempt at all to begin with.
Chris Grant was shot and wounded in the El Paso Walmart shooting but police have called his actions “an act of self-preservation” only. https://t.co/sAgZrTDkVw
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And apparently none of the members of the media who had aired the story about Grant had even checked with El Paso authorities to get their side of the story.
“Nobody bothered to check with us,” said El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo. “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.”
The department spokesperson said that Grant’s instincts had been human, but not heroic as he had described to reporters who gathered around his hospital bed after the shooting.
“[His actions] were basically human instincts, survival instincts but they were not heroic or as he described,” Carillo said on Wednesday.
Grant was reportedly released from custody later in the day on Monday, but has not been able to be reached for a public comment, ABC said.
It’s unclear where the case now stands, or if Grant will be facing any formal charges in the wake of the allegations.
Here’s a video showing the original interview done with Grant in the hospital.
Reports indicated that Grant has additionally been pushing for an “assault weapons ban”, being photographed at a Moms Demand Action gathering.
“What are we waiting for?” Grant asked. “If they had taken action sooner, maybe before one of the other mass shootings in Texas, this wouldn’t have happened in El Paso.”
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