Mother Of Man Shot By Capitol Police Talks
Surae Chinn 20 hrs ago
CAPITOL HILL, DC (WUSA) — The mother of a Suitland, Md. man who was shot and wounded after pointing a gun at Capitol Police talks with 9NewsNow.
She says, her son, 29-year-old John Wesley Wheeler Jr., was preparing to die in the predawn hours on Friday morning.
She says he pointed a gun at Capitol Police officers.
Officers shot him four times. Wheeler survived the shots to his stomach, thigh and a bullet that grazed his head.
His mother, who does not want to be identified says, her son took a downward spiral after losing his job last year and was not able to pay for medication for his depression.
She says her son had no intention of hurting anyone. But because of his religious upbringing he couldn't take his own life.
She says, "Wesley's been taught if you take your life you go to hell. But if you get someone else to do it, however warped that sounds, that's how he was rationalizing."
She says she's also just learning her son had a run in with Metropolitan Police last month for waiving a gun in public, she says she wishes he got the necessary help he desperately needed.
She says, "They dropped the ball. If they stopped him, the capitol shooting would have been a non-issue and he would not be on the street to do that or he could have gotten the right medication. No matter what anyone thinks, that's my son. I still love him and I'm going to do everything I can to help him.
Wheeler remains in stable condition at the hospital. He has been charged with assault with intent to kill, and carrying a pistol without a license.
Written by Surae Chinn