SAPD: Auto shop manager shoots, kills armed robbery suspect

Shooting happened at Vail's Industrial Park in 2400 block of Gerald

SAN ANTONIO – An automotive shop business manager opened fire on two men who tried to rob the South Side business, killing one of them, police said.

Police said one of the two suspects pulled out a gun and demanded money from the owner of Vail's Industrial Park, located in the 2400 block of Gerald Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

San Antonio police Officer Doug Greene said at that point, the owner also grabbed a handgun and there was an exchange of gunfire.

One of the suspects, who is believed to have been in his 40s, was shot in the stomach as he fled in a pickup truck. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.

The other man, who Greene said was the one who first pulled a gun on the owner, got away and remains at large. Police searched for him throughout the South Side neighborhood in the air and on the ground.

Greene described that man as having a lot of tattoos. He said they believe he is still armed.

Greene said there are no charges being filed against the owner.

"At this point, it appears to be self-defense, based on the information that we're gathering," said Greene. "That could change. We're looking at every angle at this particular case to see if the owner was in the right to defend himself."

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