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San Antonio police officer wounded during shootout released from hospital

Officer Nathan Becerra expected to make full recovery

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SAN ANTONIO – A four-year veteran San Antonio police officer who was wounded in the stomach and leg during a shootout July 26 has been released from the hospital.

Officer Nathan Becerra, who is assigned to the patrol division, was one of two officers who first arrived in the 6100 block of Ingram Road after 12 a.m. July 26 to investigate a disturbance. A woman who lives at the Hilltop Oaks Apartments had called for help.

"They got on the scene and found out that it was a home invasion," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. "They were directed around the other side of the apartment building."

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McManus said the officers noticed three men sitting in a car toward the back of the building. He said when the officers approached the men, the two in the front seat put up a fight, physically struggling with the officers.

"The passenger in the back seat got out of the car with a handgun. He started shooting at one of the officers. The officer fired back," McManus said.

Neighbors said they heard as many as 20 gunshots ring out.

Becerra, although wounded, managed to shoot the suspect, McManus said. He said the second officer also fired his weapon.

Giovani Casiano, 26, died at the scene.

Police said they arrested only one of the two other men who were in the car.

Dennis Moran, 27, faces a list of charges, including attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Becerra is expected to make a full recovery. His family and the San Antonio Police Department thanked the community for their support and prayers in a news release.

An account has been set up for Becerra at Generation Federal Credit Union. 

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