Deputy shoots teenage driver after driver attempts to run him over

Driver crashed into patrol car, hit deputy, collided head-on with another driver

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy shot a 17-year-old driver several times early Sunday morning. The deputy said the driver attempted to him over, led another deputy on a chase and crashed into another car.

It started around 5:30 a.m. near Marbach and Loop 1604 when a deputy was flagged down by a driver who told him they were involved in a road rage incident. The victim told the deputy the suspect was driving a black car.

The deputy found the black car believed to have been involved in the road rage incident in a dead end road. The deputy said that's when the driver of the black car circled back around and began speeding toward him.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said that the driver struck the deputy's patrol vehicle and the deputy, but that the deputy suffered minor injuries. The patrol car, however, was inoperable after the crash.

The deputy deployed his stun gun at some point during the confrontation, but Salazar said the stun gun didn't hit the suspect. The deputy then drew his weapon and shot into the car, striking the driver several times.

Salazar said the driver managed to speed away despite his injuries.

A second deputy was dispatched to the incident and caught up to the driver a short distance away and began pursuing the car. Salazar said the driver hit another car head-on, but the crash only disabled the other person's car and injured the driver, not the suspect's car.

Salazar said the deputy continued to pursue the car and that the deputy's car and the suspect's car collided at Highway 90 and Kriewald., immobilizing both cars. 

The driver was discovered to have a 17-year-old female passenger who suffered minor injuries.

Salazar said the suspect may have been armed, but that they have not completed a search of the vehicle. 

"If (the driver) survives he's facing several serious felony charges," Salazar said. "At this point we don't know if it'll be handled as attempted capital murder or aggravated assault on a public servant, but certainly facing a litany of charges."

Salazar said the female passenger is not expected to face any charges and that investigators will interview her to determine what led up to the pursuit.

The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on temporary administrative duty, pending further investigation.  

We are on the scene of a deputy involved shooting near 90 and Kriewald. 1 suspect is shot. 1 deputy has non-life threatening injuries in a vehicular assault.

Posted by Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, December 3, 2017