WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The father of a mentally ill man shot by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy says he is waiting for his son to tell his side of the story.
Raul Alvarez says his son Aldo is bipolar schizophrenic.
Investigators say off duty Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Mcgehee shot Alvarez multiple times after they say there was a physical assault in the deputy's garage.
The deputy and Alvarez live in the same Royal Palm Beach neighborhood.
"He (the deputy) just moved there. Aldo is a person with a lot of deputy friends. He never has a problem with the law," Raul Alvarez said.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw spoke about the shooting on Friday. He is standing by the deputy and says he was defending himself against Alvarez.
"It is bad enough that the deputy got attacked, but can you imagine being attacked in your own home," Sheriff Bradshaw said.
But Raul Alvarez says his son would never attack.
"That is just wrong. Wrong. He would not attack because he was not even armed," Alvarez said.
Alvarez says his son is on medication. He's confident he will tell his side of what happened when he recovers.
He says the family is looking for a lawyer.
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