'President Trump, the Secret Service and The White House Staff were beyond what I ever imagined and I am so proud not only to be Chris's sister but to be a citizen of the United States of America!' His mother, who was in attendance, accepted a certificate of commendation on his behalf.
Chris Grant, 50, "sustained bullet wounds during the shooting, gave an interview from his hospital bed in which he said he threw soda bottles at the gunman to distract him from shooting others, prompting the gunman to turn his weapon on Grant", ABC News reported. "We are not demeaning his reaction, which are of basic human instincts, but they amount to an act of self-preservation and nothing above that".
But Carillo declined to comment on what specific action Grant took, or comment on what interaction, if any, he had with Crusius.
According to court documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner, Grant pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing a vehicle. "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". EPPD added that officials only revealed information on what was found in the surveillance footage after Grant was arrested by USSS and reporters began requesting information. He was arrested beforehand by the Secret Service for being a "fugitive from justice", according to a spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Texas court records show he has a lengthy criminal history involving theft and evading arrest, the Washington Examiner reported. El Paso police told ABC News that it was Grant, although it's unclear what charges he faces. The Secret Service says Grant was detained because there was a warrant out for his arrest, but he was released after it was determined that the agency involved would not extradite him.
A list of honorees at the Monday event, obtained by ABC, did not include Grant's name.
Grant did not return multiple calls from the outlet.
At the ceremony, Trump said Grant was picking up snacks for his children when he encountered Crusius. He said Grant's actions caused the shooter to fire at him, "whereby Chris suffered two very serious gunshot wounds".
Crusius was placed on suicide watch at the El Paso County Detention Facility on August 19, ABC El Paso affiliate KVIA reported.
Prosecutors have said Crusius surrendered to police after the attack saying, "I'm the shooter", and that he was targeting Mexicans.
'It didn't matter what party you stand for or what you believe in.