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SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer is on administrative duty after shooting a man in a suspected stolen car outside a downtown Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

Officer Roger Zuniga, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, said two officers spotted the car circling the area near the hotel in the 600 block of S. Santa Rosa,

Zuniga said officers initiated a traffic stop shortly after 11:00 p.m. Monday and things suddenly turned violent.

"When officers approached to try to get the suspects out of the vehicle, the driver of the possible stolen vehicle started fighting with officers," Zuniga said.

The officers called for backup, a female officer identified as Officer Jessica Medrano, who then began talking to a passenger in the car, he said.

Zuniga said the man suddenly began reaching for something under his seat, causing Medrano to shoot him.

"She perceived this as a threat and was giving commands, 'Show me your hands!'," Zuniga said. "From what we understand, the suspect did not comply and she fired one shot."

The man was rushed to University Hospital with a gunshot wound in the upper body. Police at the scene said he was in stable condition.

Officers took the driver and a female passenger into custody for questioning.

It is unknown what charges, if any, they face.

The hotel where the shooting happened is just a block away from the building that houses the San Antonio Police Department and other public safety offices.

Medrano, who has been with the department for three years, was placed on administrative duty as the shooting remains under investigation.

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