2 Selma officers, suspect recovering after shooting

Suspect identified as Jessie Hernandez Jr.

Two Selma police officers are recovering after being shot during a domestic disturbance investigation.
Two Selma police officers are recovering after being shot during a domestic disturbance investigation.

SAN ANTONIO – Two Selma police officers who became the targets of an ambush Thursday night are "doing as well as expected," according to a city spokesman.

City administrator Ken Roberts identified the officers only by their last names.

He said Officer Kierum, who has been with the Selma Police Department for 14 months, suffered a gunshot wound to her face.

Corporal Balderamas, a 16-year veteran, was shot in his leg, he said.

One of the officers then returned fire, hitting the suspect, Jessie Hernandez Jr., twice.

All three were rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.

A detective working overnight at the scene said they all were expected to survive.

Roberts said the officers were answering a call after 10 p.m. Thursday about a woman who was being dragged into a home in the 9000 block of Pinseeker.

Soon after they arrived, Roberts said, they were ambushed in the living room.

"They walked in. The gentleman, Hernandez, gave no warning and just began shooting," he said.

Roberts said several other family members, including two young children, also were inside the home at the time.

One of them was a woman who had to be treated for injuries related to the original domestic violence call, he said.

Hours later, detectives continued combing through the scene for evidence, and could be seen carrying what appeared to be a stockpile of weapons out of the home.

"Not only was the pistol that was used to harm our two officers there, but there seemed to be a large cache of weapons in the upstairs bedroom," Roberts said.

He said officer-involved shootings are unusual for the Selma Police Department, so the city will have counselors on hand to speak with officers who may need help.

Hernandez, whose exact age could not be confirmed by police, is expected to face charges of aggravated assault against a public servant.

KSAT reporter Katrina Webber contributed to this report.

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