SAN ANTONIO – Neighbors of the man killed by San Antonio police officers Saturday morning identified the suspect Sunday as Roger Albrecht, a former U.S. Marine.
Albrecht was fatally shot by officers responding to a call of a burglary in progress call in the 6500 block of Spring Branch on the city's northwest side.
According to police a witness directed officers to Albrecht. Police say he was armed with a knife and ignored several commands to drop the weapon. According to the officers Albrecht charged them and they opened fire. He died at the scene.
Joshua Hernandez has known Albrecht for several years. He said the suspect described in the incident does not sound like the friend and neighbor he remembers.
"He wouldn't go into any house where he didn't know anybody there. It would have had to have been a reason for him to be at that house, and for him to be somewhere he wasn't [supposed to be]," Hernandez said.
The officers who shot Albrecht are a five-year and 11-year veteran. They've been placed on temporary administrative leave as the department investigates the shooting.
Friends left lit candles near Albrecht's door and hung an American flag to honor the military veteran. Hernandez is hopeful those who knew Albrecht will get their questions answered soon.
"He was a fun loving guy. It just doesn't make any sense," Hernandez said.