The man who was shot in the face by a Napa police officer after a foot chase ended in a struggle Sunday night was an unarmed Mexican meth addict afraid of losing his family, according to a report in the .
In "Relative defends man shot by police," brother-in-law Steve Aldama tells Register reporter Kerana Todorov that Luis Armando Contreras, the man shot by officer Thomas Keener, went to the on Imola Avenue to buy methamphetamine, to which he is addicted.
Contreras was not armed, authorities said, and Aldama tells the Register his brother-in-law ran from Keener because he was afraid of being deported to Mexico and separated from his wife and child.
After the shooting just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Contreras was transferred from to a hospital in Sonoma County where he was in a medically-induced coma but expected to survive, according to the , which is investigating the shooting.
Keener has been placed on administrative leave, standard Napa Police Department policy following an officer-involved shooting, said sheriff's Lieut. Tracey Stuart.
Less than two days after Contreras was shot, Napa police arrested a 59-year-old man they said had a "large package of methamphetamine" with him in the area of the 7-Eleven at Imola Avenue and Parrish Road: Please see ."
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