Round Rock Gunman’s Sister: He Was a Veteran Battling Mental Health, PTSD

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Beverly Tolentino spoke to KXAN from her brother Henry’s house in tears.

“It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever experienced,” he said upon hearing the news that his brother died after a shootout with police on Saturday, May 7.

Police are still investigating whether an officer’s bullet killed Henry Tolentino or if he killed himself.

At a news conference Saturday, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said the man, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, shot officers “numerous” times near a wooded area at Old Settlers Boulevard and Bent Tree. Drive.

The situation began around 12:30 pm after a 911 caller reported that a man had shot them multiple times outside their home. That man is out of the hospital now. The Texas Rangers are investigating Round Rock’s response. Per department protocol, the five officers who fired the shots were placed on leave.

Beverly says her family still has a lot of unanswered questions.

“He did something wrong, but he was also a victim,” she said, crying.

She says that Tolentino was the smartest in the family and graduated from Round Rock High School at the top of his class before joining the Navy after graduation. She says that she eventually graduated from St. Edward’s University after her return, but that she struggled with her mental health after returning from serving in the Middle East.

“He couldn’t get the help he needed,” he said.

Beverly says her brother often turned to her as a calming voice. She told KXAN that neighbors called her when they heard gunshots on Saturday and she ran to the house, but she couldn’t get past the police barricade.

“I asked to pass and I feel in a certain way if [I] It would have been heard, I could have talked to him maybe on the loudspeaker and calmed him down,” he said.

KXAN contacted the Round Rock Police Department on Friday night for an update, but no new details were available.

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