The Florida police officer who shot an unarmed behavioral therapist was aiming for the autistic patient the therapist was trying to protect, police union officials said, according to the New York Daily News.
The North Miami officer has yet to be named, but has been described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man that has been with the police department for four years, according to N.Y. Daily News. The officer, who is on paid leave, told his union representative that he thought that Charles Kinsey, the therapist, was in danger.
“The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to charge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey, and the officer discharged, trying to strike and stop the white male, and unfortunately, he missed,” said John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association, according to 7News Miami.
“This is a case where a police officer was trying to save Mr. Kinsey’s life, and unfortunately, his shot went astray,” Rivera added.