A man honored by President Donald Trump for his actions during a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, was arrested by the Secret Service when he came to the White House.
Chris Grant — a 50-year-old Texas man who was shot twice after throwing bottles at the El Paso shooter in an effort to distract him — arrived at the White House on Monday to meet with the president and be honored at a ceremony.
But things took a turn when he was arrested at the White House by the Secret Service for having an outstanding arrest warrant.
He was apprehended and briefly detained by the Secret Service, but it’s unclear what Grant has been accused of doing.
Grant was not allowed to attend the White House ceremony after his run-in with the Secret Service, but his mother attended in his place and received a certificate honoring her son’s service.
In a statement, the Secret Service said the “White House visitor” was released once it became known that “the agency that issued the warrant would not extradite.”
“On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, a White House visitor with an arrest warrant was temporarily detained by U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers. 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,” the Secret Service said.
Secret Service arrested El Paso shooting 'hero' as he was about to be honored by Trump at White House https://t.co/pnIKBdQ3WT I’m sorry that MANY people will disagree w/ what I will say here, Chris Grant DESERVES exoneration & a Presidential Pardon! The rest can suck it✌️
— James B. Winter (@james_b_winter) September 12, 2019
Grant’s mother attended a White House event Monday in his stead, according to the Examiner, and accepted a signed certificate during a ceremony honoring Grant and others.
Grant told news outlets including CNN after the deadly shooting last month 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.
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 shooting last month at a Walmart in El Paso left 22 dead at the hands of a suspect who police say expressed racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric in a manifesto online before the attack.
The entire ordeal is quite bizarre.
It’s understandable why the Secret Service would detain the man for safety precautions, but the lack of information about his alleged crime raises many questions.
Trump recently praised Grant for taking action during the horrific shooting that left 22 people dead.
During a ceremony last month, the president said that Grant took “two serious gunshot wounds but he is recovering well.”
By all accounts and reports, many would say Grant is a hero and risked his own life during the El Paso shooting to help save others.
It also speaks volumes that Trump chose to honor Grant even during this unexpected controversy.