A stolen semitrailer led local law enforcement officers on a dangerous ride through Bexar County and into the city's South Side on Tuesday.
According to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, the suspect -- identified Tuesday evening as 28-year-old Rodney Garrett -- was driving the stolen rig and firing at deputies along the way.
Paul Berry said the incident started around noon in Western Bexar County along Highway 90 shortly after the agency got a report of a stolen big rig coming in from Frio county.
"When our deputy saw the 18-wheeler, he went into the process of pulling it over," Berry said. "That's when the chase began."
Garrett sped down Highway 90, repeatedly getting off and then back on the highway, causing several accidents along the way.
At one point during the pursuit, Garrett pointed a rifle out the window and opened fire on the deputy and other officers who joined the chase.
"We did return fire at one point during the chase," Berry said. "That is when the driver came south on (Interstate) 35 and came into the parking lot in this mall."
Garrett slammed into several parked cars before bailing from the truck and running into the Bealls department store. Fortunately, Garrett dropped his gun on the way inside.
"Our deputies and San Antonio police officers went into the store and secured the area and brought out the suspect without incident," Berry said.
The dramatic conclusion to the chase caught mall shoppers by surprise, including Anita Grubbs.
"I didn't know what was going on. I was kind of freaked out at first," Grubbs said. "I was in Old Navy and my brother was paying for a shirt and he was yelling for me to hurry up because there was supposedly a gunman in J.C. Penney."
Berry said the mall was never placed on lockdown because the situation ended so quickly. Within a few seconds of fleeing inside the Bealls store, Garrett was in custody and the threat was over.
Despite the damage caused by Garrett, no one was injured.
He is facing multiple charges including attempted capital murder of a police officer, felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and felony criminal mischief.