Suspect's Family Frustrated After Officer-Involved Shooting
POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 1:13am
EL PASO - We are asking more questions about a man shot and wounded by El Paso Police.
Del Sol Medical Center says Hector Piedra isn't in their facility but police say he is. Piedra's attorneys say police aren't allowing them to see their client. And Piedra's family claims he didn't even own a gun.
"He's a good man, you know, like, he's always at work, with his wife and kids," said Hector's sister, Nubia Piedra. She says she just wants to know how her brother's doing. She and her family have been waiting in the heat every day waiting for answers.
"My dad's 87, my mom's 79, and we've been out here since that day since 5 in the morning and they haven't even given us how he's doing," she said.
Police say a domestic disturbance call sent them to Hector's house early Saturday morning. Officers say Hector drove up, crashed into a police unit and pointed a handgun at officers. But Nubia claims Hector doesn't own a gun. But he does have a broken finger that he can't move.
"We think that they got confused because he has a broken finger," she said, gesturing to show us what she meant.
The officers, Antonio Licerio, a three-year veteran, and Keenan Greseth, a one-year veteran, shot Piedra in the stomach and thigh.
Police records show Licerio has one complaint filed against him - an accident in a marked vehicle. Greseth doesn't have any sustained complaints.
Police say Hector was taken to Del Sol Medical Center but Del Sol says Hector's not in their facility.
To top it all off, Piedra's attorneys say they aren't even allowed to see their client. They're busy filing a motion with the court, saying this violates Piedra's rights to counsel.
"They know it wasn't the right thing to do," Nubia said.
Hector's wife says she doesn't want to press any family violence charges. Assuming he can be found, police say Hector will be charged with evading arrest and assaulting a public servant once he recovers.
In the meantime, Nubia and her family will continue to wait in the scorching sun, wondering where Hector is and how he's doing.
"We don't want to leave until we get an answer," she said.
Police got back to us a short time ago and said Hector is, in fact, currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Del Sol. They said an officer is assigned to watch over him since he is in custody, and that the family can call the hospital for his condition. But, as we reported, the hospital claims they have no record of Hector being a patient there. Police say Hector is stable right now.