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Friend struggles with passing of man shot by San Antonio police

Jimmy Garza Jr. killed in officer-involved shooting

A lifelong friend of Jimmy Garza Jr. says the days since he was shot and killed by police after an hours-long standoff have been surreal.

“I can't explain the way it feels right now,” said Adrian Perez.

Police say Garza beat up his ex-girlfriend, staged a car crash to cover up her injuries and then barricaded himself inside a home on the 900 block of Drury Lane.

Hours later Monday morning, police say Garza came out of the house holding a rifle prompting officers to open fire.

Garza reportedly told his former girlfriend that would be his last night alive.

“We're not trained to kill or injure. We're trained to stop a threat,” said SAPD spokesman, Sgt. Javier Salazar. “In this instance, it appears that what the officers did.”

But Perez believes the description of the events that night don't describe Garza, who coached his son’s baseball team, took his daughter fishing and worked as a security officer for the Bexar County Probation Office.

"I want everybody to know that he was a good friend, brother, dad, son and person,” said Perez.

While the homeowner on Escalon where Garza intentionally crashed his car is still dealing with a mangled mess to repair, Perez is left dealing with so many questions that might go unanswered about just what his friend was going through.

“Everybody has their problems,” he said. “Don’t judge a book by its cover."

Meanwhile, the SAPD homicide unit and Internal Affairs Unit are investigating Monday’s shooting.

The six SWAT officers directly involved in the shooting remain on administrative duty.

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