San Antonio police officer shoots, kills knife-wielding woman

SAPD: 44-year-old Sheila Vawter threatened Officer Alexander Moya with fishing knife

A woman who was shot and killed by police early Monday morning has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office as Sheila Vawter, 44.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said officers went to a home at the Lackland Mobile Home Village in the 7600 block of U.S. Highway 90 West just after 10 p.m. Sunday for reports of a woman cutting herself with a knife.

An officer who has been with the department for two years entered the mobile home first and knocked on a bedroom door, McManus said.

That officer was identified late Monday afternoon as Alexander Moya.

"The woman opened the door and came after (Moya) with a knife," McManus said. "(Moya) backed up almost the whole length of the residence to create distance between himself and the woman. (Moya) ran out of room to back up after backing up probably a good 15 to 20 feet and then had nowhere to go."

McManus said Moya then shot Vawter once in the chest. She was transported to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Moya will be placed on administrative duty until the District Attorney's Office completes its investigation.

The San Antonio Police Department's officer-involved shooting team is also investigating.

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