SAPD: Officer shoots, kills man on NE Side

Man was suspected of car burglary on Nacogdoches Road

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer shot and killed a 51-year-old man who Police Chief William McManus said fired at the officer first during a foot chase on the city's Northeast Side.

McManus said officers responded to a car burglary in the 2500 block of Nacogdoches Road at 12:09 a.m. Thursday, when Officer Christopher Johnson spotted a man matching the description given by a burglary victim. When the man noticed Johnson, he took off running toward an alley and the officer chased him.

"(The suspect) jumped the fence at that point and from there he stopped," McManus said. "The officer stopped (and said) 'Show me your hands! Show me your hands!' The suspect began firing."

McManus said Johnson fired back, apparently striking the man. However, the man kept running.

Police launched their Eagle helicopter to assist.

"Eagle got up. They saw a body lying in the field down the street," McManus said. "Upon closer inspection, they found out it was the suspect of the vehicle burglary who had been firing at the officer."

The man still had the gun in his hands when he was found, McManus said. 

Johnson, who was not injured, was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure, McManus said.

"The officer in this case was very, very lucky," he said.  "It wasn't that far away that the suspect was firing at him."

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