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“They handled the situation superbly,” Mother speaks after son shot by police

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Jacqueline Root says she is thankful that police officers did their job the day they shot her son.

Root says she is glad that her son, 28-year-old Christopher Reh, is alive. However, she says police officers in Hartford would have been justified if they had killed him.

"They handled the situation superbly, in my opinion. And you know what? I would even say that if my son had been killed," Root said.

Police told WTIC that Reh ran into Officer Andrew Nelson with his car, injuring him. Despite being injured, Nelson opened fire, shooting Reh twice in the arm, which caused him to crash.

"I hope he doesn't spend too much time being remorseful over the fact that he had to shoot my son," Root said. "He did what he had to do with safety in mind. He did his job and I don't want him to feel bad about that."

Just two hours before the shooting, Root says she was with her son, who she says is mentally ill. Root says he was acting strange, so she tried to call police to get him help.

That's when Reh stormed out of her home, saying he was going to "stab police officers."

Doctors say Reh and Nelson are both expected to recover from their injuries.

Root says she hopes this case will help bring attention to the need for mental health reforms.