Erik Cantu, the 17-year-old boy who was shot by a San Antonio police officer within the car parking zone of a McDonald’s, is again dwelling after spending practically two painstaking months within the hospital, his household introduced.
Cantu was positioned on life assist after the Oct. 2 taking pictures, through which he was shot a number of occasions by Officer James Brennand, and was “combating for his life” within the subsequent weeks, his lawyer Brian Powers, beforehand stated.
Cantu’s mother and father issued a press release Wednesday saying he was launched from the hospital simply in time for the Thanksgiving vacation.
“Our household’s prayers have been answered, and we’re extremely grateful that our son Erik is dwelling with us. Erik nonetheless has a protracted street to restoration forward of him however, we’re overjoyed at his progress previously two weeks,” they stated.
“It means the world to us that we are able to spend Thanksgiving as a household exterior of the hospital partitions, the place we’ve lived since Erik was horribly injured,” the assertion continued. “We’re grateful for a lot of blessings this week — Erik’s power, everybody who has supported us via Erik’s hospitalization, and the grace of God. Thanks.”
Within the Oct. 2 taking pictures, Cantu was sitting in a maroon automobile within the car parking zone of a McDonald’s when Brennand, who was current on an unrelated disturbance name, opened the driving force’s door and ordered him to get out, police have stated.
Police physique digicam footage confirmed Cantu within the driver’s seat consuming a hamburger and a 17-year-old woman within the passenger seat.
He put the automotive in reverse with the driving force’s door nonetheless open and backed up. Capt. Alyssa Campos, the police division’s coaching commander, stated in a video assertion that the door hit Brennand.
Brennand then opened fireplace 5 occasions because the automotive reversed, the video confirmed. He fired 5 extra photographs as Cantu drove away. Cantu was discovered a block away struggling a number of gunshot wounds and was hospitalized, police stated.
Police stated that Brennand approached Cantu’s automotive as a result of he believed it had evaded him the day earlier than when he tried to conduct a site visitors cease. Campos stated Brennand thought the automotive was stolen, a declare the household denies.
On the time of the taking pictures, Brennand had been on the pressure for seven months and was nonetheless on probation, a normal observe for San Antonio officers who graduated from the police academy lower than a 12 months in the past.
He was fired after the taking pictures, then arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on Oct. 11. He posted bond and was launched.
Minyvonne Burke contributed.