One of the people President Trump honored for his heroism during a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last month was arrested by the Secret Service Monday for an outstanding warrant, just before meeting the president.
50-year-old Chris Grant of Texas was arrested Monday on an active arrest warrant.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service confirmed that Grant was released after it was determined he would not be extradited for the charge, the Washington Examiner reports.
“On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, a White House visitor with an arrest warrant was temporarily detained by U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers,” the Secret Service said.
“It was subsequently determined that while the arrest warrant was still active, the agency that issued the warrant would not extradite, at which time the individual was released from Secret Service custody,” they added.
Grant’s 82-year-old mother attended a White House event Monday in his place and accepted a signed certificate during a ceremony honoring Grant and others.
Grant told news outlets after the deadly shooting that he threw bottles and other objects at the shooter before being struck by bullets himself, though police reportedly dispute his account of the events.
“I started throwing random bottles at him,” Grant told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I’m not a baseball player, so one went this way, one went that way. And then one went right towards him. When I got hit, it was like somebody put a hand grenade in my back and pulled the pin,” Grant said.
“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.” Carrillo said Grant was visible in footage from the store, but he did not say what he was doing during the massacre.
“His statements were inconsistent with what was revealed on video,” Carrillo said.
President Trump previously honored Grant at a ceremony last month following the shooting, praising Grant’s actions and telling an audience that Grant suffered “two serious gunshot wounds but he is recovering well.”
The Examiner notes:
Grant has a criminal record for theft and evading arrest, according to Texas court documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner. He was sentenced to eight months in prison for car theft in March, after pleading guilty to stealing a silver 2009 Mazda 6. In 2016, he pleaded guilty and was also sentenced to 18 days in jail for stealing TVs from a Sears in Richardson, Texas. He pleaded guilty to evading arrest in Collins County in 2016.