Teen shot by San Antonio cop released from hospital after nearly 2 months
After nearly two months in the hospital, a teen who was struggling for his life after being shot by a San Antonio police officer has been discharged, his family announced on Wednesday.
Erik Cantu, who was shot multiple times in the McDonald’s parking lot by Texas police officer James Brennand, was able to spend the Christmas with his family, who stated their “prayers have been answered.”
In a statement shared on Twitter by their lawyer Ben Crump, the family said, “We are extremely thrilled that our kid is home with us.” Erik still has a long rehabilitation path ahead of him, but we are thrilled with his improvement over the past two weeks.
“We are so grateful that we can celebrate Thanksgiving as a family outside of the hospital, where we have resided ever since Erik was severely hurt.
“We are grateful for a number of blessings this week, including Erik’s resilience, everyone who has helped us during Erik’s hospital stay, and God’s grace. I’m grateful.
Cantu’s family claimed that he was on life support at one point during his bleak hospital stay, according to a Fox News Digital report from October. The family stated at the time that they had hope despite the dire circumstances.
The San Antonio Express-News reported earlier this month that the man’s relatives claimed he was awake and conscious after being removed off a ventilator.
After an investigation into the incident on October 2, Brennand is now being charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public official.
Shortly after the incident, he was let go.
After Brennand approached the automobile, the police charged him with going against protocol and training.
When Brennand, a rookie officer still on probation, arrived at the fast food restaurant to address an unrelated incident, Cantu was reportedly eating a burger inside the vehicle, according to the police.
According to police training commander Alyssa Campos, Brennand saw Cantu’s car, which he thought had eluded him the day before, and demanded the teenager come out of it before opening the driver’s side door.
“The driver pushed the car in reverse and made an attempt to escape with the door still open. The open door struck the policeman. As the motorist turned the car around to avoid him, the cop stepped back and started firing, Campos claimed.