A man was killed during an officer-involved shooting in northwest San Antonio early Tuesday morning.
Police officers were initially called to a disturbance at a food mart near the intersection of Gardendale and Datapoint around 4:30 a.m.
When Officer Sharonda Harris, 32, got out of her Ford Explorer to investigate, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the suspect immediately charged at her.
"She stepped back ... to create distance between her and the individual who was charging at her. He jumped into her car at that point," he said.
McManus called her actions smart, even though it allowed the suspect -- a man in his 30s -- to steal the car. His name has not been released.
The man only made it a few hundred feet in the stolen SUV before crashing into another car in the 8900 block of Datapoint, police said.
Even after the crash, McManus said the man again charged Harris, who shot and killed him.
Police said it appeared as if the suspect was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
"The erratic behavior is something that the officers instinctively took into consideration," McManus said.
Harris is a four-year veteran of the force, McManus said, and has been placed on administrative duty while officials conduct an investigation into the shooting.