COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A bystander who was shot during a shootout that killed a Colorado sheriff’s deputy told a friend that doctors don’t know if he’ll be able to walk again.

The Gazette reported that Thomas Villanueva told Diondre Dunn that he tried to run after being shot Monday in Colorado Springs but fell because he couldn’t feel his legs.

His sister, Selina Dubbel, said Villanueva is expected to have surgery on his spinal cord Thursday. She declined to say whether he is paralyzed.

A GoFundMe account set up by friends says Villanueva had just picked up some food and was headed home when he was shot.

Villanueva told Dunn on Facebook Messenger that he came across eight undercover officers and then a man came out of nowhere, saw him first, and shot him.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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