The 29 year old who was shot outside the WWE Performance Center yesterday has been described by his friends as “just a little kid, like mentally.”
In comments given to Channel 9, one of those friends has said that Armando Montalvo needed help and they have been concerned about him for a long time. Described as “just a little kid who loves wrestling,” Elvis Kalicharan said that Montalvo has been arrested multiple times before for things “normal people don’t get arrested for.” He added that he doesn’t believe he was out there to hurt anyone, despite the fact that a few weeks ago he went to the Performance Center swinging a chain and yesterday he had a knife on him.
“We didn’t think it was going to end up like this. We thought it was a little trespass here, problems there. We didn’t know it was going to lead to this,” Kalicharan said.
WWE filed a restraining order against the 29 year old to keep him away from the property and staff. Montalvo was described as being fixated with a WWE female wrestler who was not at the Performance Center at the time yesterday. According to the restraining order, Montalvo used feces and urine to vandalize the building before.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that the two officers involved in the confrontation with Montalvo – Corporal Steve Wahl and Deputy Dave Richardson – are both on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Montalvo was shot in the torso when he refused to back down and charged at the officers. The officer who shot him was around 75 feet away from him and the incident was captured on security cameras outside the WWE Performance Center.
Montalvo’s Facebook account lists that he submitted an entry for Tough Enough however he was not chosen to be part of the final 40 who were invited to the two-day boot camp at the Performance Center.
The full press conference from the Sheriff held yesterday can be seen below.