West Side man shot, killed by police identified

Jose Casares, 37, had previous run-in with police

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police said a 37-year-old man who was shot and killed by an officer outside a West Side home Monday morning had at least one other recent run-in with the law.

About a month ago, officers were called to the home in the 1800 block of Plaza del Sol and arrested the man, identified Monday afternoon as Jose Casares, for family violence, police Chief William McManus said.

In Monday's incident, officers responded before 8 a.m. after getting a call about a man threatening to harm a child inside the home.

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"The suspect was threatening to shoot the 15-year-old, kill the 15-year-old," McManus said. "Officers arrived on the scene. There was a door that was open."

McManus said two officers used the open door to enter the home. But they quickly retreated and backed out when they heard gunfire from inside the home, he said.

Within minutes, Casares walked outside the home carrying a handgun, McManus said.

"The suspect continued to walk toward the officers. The officers were trying to negotiate with him, get him to drop the weapon. He wouldn't do so. At one point, he raised the weapon," McManus said.

A third officer who arrived on the scene fired two shots, hitting and killing Casares, McManus said.

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Two other children, ages 10 and 12, and a woman who were inside the home when the trouble started were not hurt, McManus said.

Police didn't know the relationship between Casares and the rest of the family.

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