Mother of Aldo Alvarez speaks out after her mentally challenged son is shot by off duty deputy

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. - The mother of the man shot Wednesday by off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua McGehee, says her son is mentally challenged and would never hurt anyone.

"Aldo never gets in trouble. He lives in his own world and does not know what is going on around him," Anna Alvarez said.

Aldo Alvarez is at St. Mary's Medical Center. His mother says her son was shot in the arm, hands, and stomach. She says he was in surgery for four hours, but is expected to survive and was able to speak to her.

"Thank God the bullets did not touch his vital organs," Alvarez said.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office investigators say the officer involved shooting happened somewhere between the driveway and the garage of the deputy's house which is across the street from Alvarez's home.

They say the deputy was off duty and just returned home from the gym when they say Alvarez came at the deputy in an aggressive way.

According to a media release, the deputy feared for his life and was backed into a corner of the garage. Investigators say he identified himself as a deputy, but Alvarez would not back down.

Investigators say the deputy told them Alvarez attacked him. They say the deputy feared for his life and fired his off duty weapon.

"Aldo was not armed. The only thing is he is a big guy. But Aldo never hurt anyone," Anna Alvarez said.

Alvarez says her son lives with her because he is mentally challenged. Neighbors say Aldo is friendly and is seen walking around the neighborhood frequently.

"Aldo is very likable. Everyone likes him everywhere he goes," Anna Alvarez said.

She says the family is planning to hire an attorney. It's unclear what will happen to Alvarez after he is released from the hospital because deputies say they will charge him with burglary and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Investigators say Deputy Joshua McGehee remains on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol.

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