Man at center of ICE shooting case taken into custody as protests continuePosted: Updated:
City leaders joined protesters outside the Maimonides Medical Center to call out Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents for allegedly shooting a man in the face Thursday.
News 12 is told that the man they were originally trying to apprehend was taken away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Friday.
Erik Diaz, 26, is from Mexico and had a visiting visa that allowed him to stay in Brooklyn for several months, his family says. They say he was shot in the face by an ICE agent as other agents tried to take Gasper Avendando-Hernandez into custody.
News 12 is told Avendando-Hernandez is now in ICE custody.
A spokesperson for ICE says Avendando-Hernandez was here illegally from Mexico, has already been removed twice and has a 2011 assault charge.
ICE maintains that the agent fired their weapon because they were being attacked while trying to make an arrest.
News 12 is told Diaz is in stable condition at Maimonides Medical Center and is scheduled to have surgery Saturday.