Family of man shot by Boynton officer says they are not allowed to see him in the hospital

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The family of the 20 year old shot Thursday by a Boynton Beach Police Officer says they have not been allowed to see him in the hospital.

Investigators say Robens Estime brandished a handgun during a traffic stop, forcing the officer to shoot.

"Since right now we have not seen Robens. We don't know if he is dead or anything," a woman identifying herself as Estime's aunt said.

Boynton Beach Police say Estime remains at Delray Medical Center.

His condition was not available Friday.

"My son is a student at Palm Beach State College. He works, goes to school, and comes home everyday," Estime's father Robert Estime said.

Boynton Beach Police identified the officer who shot Estime as Cory Herny.

According to the department's Facebook page, Herny was credited last year for risking his life to rescue a suicidal man. He also has won officer of the month.

Boynton Beach's police chief called the officer's decision to shoot the right call.

In September of last year, reports show Boynton Beach officers went to Estime's house in reference to a fight with unknown weapons.

Reports indicate he was arrested for resisting officers, but the charges were later dropped.

Thursday's officer involved shooting is under investigation by the Boynton Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

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