ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – For the first time since he was shot by a Rockledge police officer last December, a Brevard County teenager is opening up about the incident that cost a veteran officer his job.
"I still feel the pain to this day," 18-year-old Alexzander Houston told News 6 Monday.
After a year of living with pain, Houston is not comfortable showing his physical scars, but he is opening up about his mental suffering.
"It's hard for me to sleep at night because it's the pain and I'm thinking the officer had no reason to shoot me," he said.
Rockledge police said last December, Houston, then 17, was shot by veteran officer Corporal Nicholas Galluzzi.
In Galluzzi's body camera video from the night of Dec.1, 2016, the officer can be heard firing a single shot, striking Houston.
The teen shouted, "Why did you shoot me?"
Galluzzi can be heard answering, "You kept moving your hands," and later asking Houston, "Do you have any weapons on you?"
Police discovered Houston did not have a weapon on his body but officers said they did find a shotgun in the vehicle in which he was a passenger.
Police said Houston and a 15-year-old were breaking into cars in a Rockledge neighborhood.
"I thought I was going to die," Houston said. "Lot of things were running through my mind like why would he shoot me, come on, what's going on?"
Houston did not answer questions from News 6 about what he was doing that night or any questions about his juvenile trial that followed.
The state attorney's office told News 6 Monday that it was not allowed to comment on the outcome of the juvenile trial in which Houston faced car burglary charges.
Galluzzi first went on administrative leave following the shooting and later he resigned. He was then charged in March with attempted manslaughter.
"If I would have shot somebody, they would have tried to give me the chair or even 25 to life. Just because he's a police officer doesn't mean he should be treated lightly," Houston said.
When asked if the incident has taught him about trying harder to stay out of trouble Houston answered, "Yea, I'm more determined to get out of school and get into college and better myself, definitely. Guess take it one day at a time," the teen said.
Galluzzi's trial date has not yet been set but the state attorney's office told News 6 Monday a deposition is scheduled for the week before Christmas.