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.
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.