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Police Wednesday identified the two officers involved in a shooting that sent a teenager to a local hospital and then to jail.

Alexander Mendoza (Jail photo)

WACO (March 20, 2013)-Waco police Wednesday identified Francisco Reyes and Timothy Bonovitch as the two patrol officers involved in a shooting Monday night that sent a teenager to a local hospital and then to jail.

The officers are both six-year veterans of the department.

Reyes fired the shot that injured Alexander Howard Mendoza, 19, police said.

Bonovitch did not fire, police said.

Mendoza's family also spoke out about the shooting Wednesday.

Mendoza's aunt, Jennifer Hartline, told News 10 her biggest concern surrounding the shooting is that police have yet to mention her dad, Mendoza's grandfather, was also shot.

He was shot in the hand by the bullet that ended up hitting Mendoza in the stomach, Hartline said.

Hartline went on to say that the rifle Mendoza had was unloaded and never pointed at police.

News 10 reached out to Waco Police on Wednesday, they say they didn't mention the grandfather was shot because it's part of an ongoing investigation.

Mendoza was wounded in a confrontation with the officers, who responded to a disturbance at around 7:40 p.m. Monday at a home in the 2000 block of Lyle Avenue where they found Mendoza and his grandfather fighting over a firearm.

"Mendoza was in the process of raising a rifle in a threatening manner towards the officers when he was shot," Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

The officers were assigned to administrative duty until the shooting investigation is completed.

Mendoza was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center where he was treated for a wound to the lower abdomen.

The bullet that struck him exited without causing serious injury, police said, and he was released to the custody of officers and taken to the McLennan County Jail where he remained Wednesday in lieu of $30,000 bond, charged with attempted capital murder.


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