SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — A lawyer representing the man who police say shot a soldier is alleging that his client was under attack when shots were fired, the Associated Press reported.
Michael J. Holmes is representing 19-year-old Ruben Ray Jurado, who was charged Tuesday with the attempted murder of Army Spec. Christopher Sullivan.
“It appears that he was being attacked and he was on the ground and was being kicked in the back, stomach, the head, and that is consistent with the injuries that I observed,” Holmes said, according to AP. “It is alleged at that point that Mr. Sullivan was shot.”
Sullivan, who was on a two-week leave, was shot at a homecoming party at a friend’s house last Friday night.
Jurado turned himself in at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department in Chino Hills on Monday afternoon.
The suspect and Sullivan, 22, both attended San Bernardino High School.
A witness told CBS2 that it was at that welcome home party when Sullivan’s younger brother was hit while trying to break up an argument and Sullivan was shot in the neck while trying to come to his brother’s aid.
Doctors reportedly told family members that Sullivan, who is on life support, has been paralyzed.
Jurado is expected to be arraigned this week, according to AP.