HCSO continues mental health training aimed at helping deputies respond to residents in crisis
HOUSTON – Law enforcement is working to help people experiencing a mental health crisis in Harris County.
“Individuals that work at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are having to respond to individuals in crisis on a daily basis, whether it’s inside the jail or on patrol,” said Sgt. Jose Gomez.
A deputy was on patrol on April 14, when the family of Marcelo Garcia called 911 saying he was having a mental health crisis.
Garcia, his family said, suffered from mental illness his entire life.
Body camera video showed Garcia chasing a deputy and refusing to put down a knife before his deadly shooting.
“They sent someone who wasn’t trained for it and they killed him,” said Garcia’s sister, Jessica Garza.
Garza said they requested a mental health unit, but investigators said the only one on that shift was on another call.
In total, the department has nine units across all shifts.
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