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Police shoot man armed with knife, SAPD chief says

Man tried to pour gasoline on himself prior to shooting, chief says

SAN ANTONIO – A pair of San Antonio police officers shot a suicidal man armed with a knife Thursday afternoon on the city's Southwest Side, Police Chief William McManus said.

The man was shot multiple times and was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in stable condition, McManus said.

The officers arrived around 4 p.m. at a home in the 700 block of Briggs Avenue for a report of a suicide in progress, McManus said.

The officers were led into the home by the father who said his son, who is in his 30s was trying to pour gasoline on himself, McManus said.

The man was darting from room to room and a struggle ensued between him and his father.

At some point, one of the officers tried to shock the man with a Tazer but it didn't affect him, McManus said.

Moments later, he took out a butcher knife and charged at the officers, who shot him in the stomach, arm and lower body, McManus said.

Police have been called to the home 19 times in the past year.

McManus said the man has been emergency detained three times, which means his psychological condition has been evaluated.

The officers have been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

One of the officers has been on the force for four years and the other for nine.