Capital murder suspect wounded by local law officers remains hospitalized

Rudy Smith, 37, in critical condition

SAN ANTONIO – A capital murder suspect who was wounded after shooting at local law enforcement officers remains hospitalized Monday in critical condition, according to San Antonio police.

Police spokesman Officer Douglas Greene confirmed that Rudy Smith, 37, was still alive and being treated at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said members of the U.S. Marshals' Lone Star Fugitive Task Force went to a motel Saturday morning on the Northeast Side to arrest Smith. The task force had received word that Smith, a wanted fugitive, was hiding there, and they confronted him in the parking lot.

"He fired three shots, the officers returned fire and he went down," McManus said.

The task force, which is comprised of officers from several different agencies, often tracks down wanted fugitives. McManus said the members who were involved in the shooting included an officer from SAPD, one from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and one from the U.S. Marshals Service. He confirmed that the SAPD officer would be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.

Police issued an appeal to the public late last month for information on the whereabouts of Smith and Angela Zamora Grady, 29. She was arrested the next day.

Police said the couple was linked to the July 28 shooting of Marcus Calderon, 28, outside his home on Jane Ellen Street. Calderon survived the shooting.

Smith is also a suspect in the capital murder of Ruben Sanchez, 40. 

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Sanchez was approached Aug. 12 by a woman while he was washing his car outside his home on East Crane Street. He was then shot by a man who got out of a nearby car.

The affidavit said witnesses identified Grady as the woman who was with Smith.

McManus said Smith faces a number of charges, including capital murder, aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon. 

About the Author:

Katrina Webber was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.