Christopher Mendez, 24, shot in standoff with SWAT officers

BCSO: Suspect called 911 with threats before shooting

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 12 2012 12:20:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 12 2012 04:47:05 PM CDT
Christopher Mendez
SAN ANTONIO -

A 24-year-old man shot during a standoff with SWAT officers outside a home on W. Laguna Road in Southeast Bexar County has been identified by police.

The man, Christopher Mendez, allegedly called 911 before the early morning standoff Friday and made threats to harm deputies.

Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman Louis Antu said Mendez spoke with dispatchers shortly before 5 a.m., saying he had a gun and would shoot any deputies who came near his home.

“He wanted to shoot out cars or officers, even lights,” Antu said. “By all means, we're going to have to respond for public safety, and that’s just what we did."

Antu said deputies soon realized there were two women in the home, as well.

He said Mendez later allowed them to leave, but would not surrender himself. SWAT officers then moved into place, surrounding the home, he said.

“I think he realized that we were coming. He came out of the home with the weapon. What we're learning is that he pointed the weapon at the officers," Antu said.

SWAT officers responded by firing their weapons, hitting Mendez several times, Antu said. He was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

Next door neighbor Tom Frugia heard the commotion and said he’s stunned by what happened.

"I didn't expect anything like this to happen to him or for him to do this," Frugia said. "It just kind of surprised all of us that this happened so I don't know what set him off."

Investigators were also at a loss to explain what led the suspect to make the threats.

Antu said they plan to interview Mendez once he recovers from surgery. They also plan to have him talk to mental health professionals, Antu said.

Mendez has been booked by proxy on charges of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant and has a $75,000 dollar bond.