San Antonio man arrested in connection with San Marcos shooting

Martin Avila III, 24, charged with attempted murder, attempted capital murder


A San Antonio man was arrested Sunday in connection with a shooting that happened Saturday night in San Marcos, where one man was wounded.

According to San Marcos Police Department Cmdr. Penny Dunn, Martin Avila III, 24, his younger brother and a friend got into an altercation with another group at a bar on LBJ Drive Saturday night before parting ways.

Dunn said that's when Avila went to his car, got a gun and confronted the victim across from Fire Station 1 on Hutchison Street.

Witnesses told police Avila fired twice at the victim, grazing the victim's right ear and right side of his head, before running away.

SMPD Officer Jesse Saavedra and Texas State University police Officer Darin Wilde pursued Avila on foot. Saavedra reportedly told Avila he was a police officer and to stop.

Police said Avila, his brother and their friend got into their car and attempted to strike Saavedra at a high speed as they fled.

At that time, Saavedra jumped out of the way and was able to fire one shot from his gun, striking the car.

Avila was arrested around 12:35 p.m. and booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted capital murder.

Saavedra was not injured in the incident but was put on administrative leave as officials investigate.

"It's routine to put officers on administrative leave when they are involved in shooting incidents, pending an internal review," said Police Chief Howard Williams.

The victim was treated and released at the scene.

Avila's bond was set at $500,000. He will be transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center later this week.