Report reveals man was high on meth, hallucinating when SAPD officer fatally shot him


SAN ANTONIO – A man fatally shot by police in July was high on methamphetamine and hallucinating when he was shot, a report filed with the state revealed.

The San Antonio Police Department said the suspect, Jose Casares,had a gun in his hand and said, "I'm going to shoot!" while approaching officers.

"While appearing to have an aggressive demeanor (body language), the officer on scene with the long gun fired at (Casares) twice, striking him once in the head," the in-custody death report said.

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The shooting happened July 17 at a home in the 1800 block of Plaza Del Sol.

Casares' wife called police after she said he came home high on methamphetamine.

"(Casares) was reportedly hallucinating at his residence and believed he saw a male hiding in the closet that he believed was his wife's boyfriend. (Casares) fired multiple gunshots into the closet in an attempt to shoot the imaginary boyfriend," the report said.

The woman told police Casares threatened to shoot family members inside the home -- including their three children, ages 10, 12 and 15.

When officers arrived, they started to enter the home through an open door, but backed out when they heard gunfire inside the home.

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Casares walked out of the house armed with a handgun.

Officers told him to drop the weapon, but he refused, SAPD chief William McManus said after the shooting. When Casares raised the gun, an officer shot and killed him.

Cazares died at a hospital.