SAPD officer on administrative duty after shooting armed man

Officer answering call about marijuana odor at Hyatt Place Hotel

A San Antonio police officer has been placed on temporary administrative duty while detectives investigate an incident in which he shot a man at the Hyatt Place hotel on the city's North Side.

Chief William McManus spoke to the news media after the 11:30 p.m. shooting Monday.

He said the officer was responding to a call at the hotel, located in the 7600 block of Jones Maltsberger, from a guest who reported smelling marijuana coming from one of the rooms.

McManus said the officer knocked on the door of that room, then a man with a gun opened the door.

"First thing he did when he saw the officer outside the door was reach for a gun in his waistband," McManus said. "The officer pushed him back, drew his weapon and fired once, striking him in the midsection."

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment, although his condition still is not known.

The officer also went to a hospital after hurting his hand in the incident.

Detectives spent more than five hours collecting evidence from the room.

By daylight, though, most signs of the overnight trouble were gone.

While many guests slept through it all, Mark Covington said he heard a commotion from his fifth-floor room.

According to another guest, the shooting happened three floors down — on the second floor.

"It was in the middle of the night, about 3 a.m.," Covington said. "I got up and looked out the window, and I saw these cop cars all over."

Even he didn't realize what had happened, though, until later in the day.

After the shooting, police took three other people -- two men and a woman who were with the suspect in the room -- into custody for questioning.

McManus said he was not sure what charges, if any, they would face.

As of 11 a.m., police had not released the names of anyone involved in the shooting.

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