HCSO continues mental health training aimed at helping deputies respond to residents in crisis

HOUSTON Law enforcement agencies are working to help people in Harris County who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

“People who work in the Harris County Sheriff’s office must respond to people in crisis on a daily basis, whether in prison or on patrol,” said Sgt. José Gomez.

A MP was on patrol on April 14 when Marcelo Garcia’s family called 911 and said he had a mental crisis.

His family, Garcia, has suffered from mental illness all his life.

The body camera video showed Garcia chasing a deputy and refusing to put down a knife before he was fatally shot.

“They sent someone who wasn’t trained and they killed him,” said Garcia’s sister Jessica Garza.

Garza said they requested a mental health department, but investigators said the only one on that shift was on another call.

The department has a total of nine units across all shifts.

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