Man shot by San Antonio police, off-duty Castle Hills officer ID'd

Andrew Beard, 46, fatally shot during brief standoff


SAN ANTONIO - A man who was fatally shot during a brief standoff with San Antonio police has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.


Andrew Beard, 46, was shot around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday outside a home near the intersection of New Guilbeau Road and Rue de Bois on the far West Side.

San Antonio police officers responded to a disturbance after witnesses said Beard was firing three different weapons in the backyard of his mother's home.

Police told him to stop, but said Beard refused and fired several shots in the backyard that hit no one.

Beard then went to the front yard and fired several shots at two SAPD officers. The officers returned fire and hit Beard, causing him to fall and drop his weapon. As the officers tried to take him into custody, Beard picked up his weapon again and pointed it at them.

SAPD officials said an off-duty Castle Hills Police Department Captain was visiting his brother nearby and heard the gunshots. He ran over to help and the suspect attempted to fire at him, but the Castle Hills officer shot him.

"The Castle Hills police officer advanced to see the situation with the wounded individual, and at that point, the wounded individual and picked up the gun and turned to the police officers, and it was (then) that the Castle Hills police officer shot what we believe was the round that killed the man, but that remains to be determined," said San Antonio police Chief William McManus.

Castle Hills police Chief W. Davis confirmed that account. "(The officer) observed two SAPD officers approaching the subject," said Davis. "He fell in with those two officers and as they approached the individual, he was still making some threats towards officers. He had a handgun and our officer did fire a shot."

Beard was pronounced dead at the scene. SAPD officials said Beard is the same man who was in a standoff with police just a few weeks ago. SAPD officials described him as being bi-polar and could not confirm whether he was currently taking medication.

The officers who fired at the man were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation into the shooting.

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