Man charged with murder after surveillance video contradicts self-defense claim

David Medina, 40, Eva Sanchez, 23, arrested

SAN ANTONIO – A man was arrested Wednesday after police obtained surveillance video that contradicts his self-defense claim in a fatal shooting that occurred in February, an arrest affidavit said.

David Medina, 40, faces a murder charge while Eva Sanchez, 23, faces a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection with the murder case.

According to an arrest affidavit, Medina first told police officers that the fatal shooting of Bernando Sandoval, 36, on Feb. 18 was in self-defense, saying Sandoval and another man attacked him in front of his house in the 200 block of Leonidas Drive with guns.

The affidavit said Medina told police he was fighting with Sandoval when the gun went off, killing him. 

Police said Medina, however, had recently installed surveillance cameras and a DVR to capture activities in his front yard. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and saw that the DVR was unplugged and missing. A warrant for Sanchez's arrest states police found Sanchez in a back bedroom at the residence under bed covers and that the DVR was in the bed with her.

According to police, the DVR contained footage of the shooting.

Authorities say that in the video, Medina appears to have gone into the front yard with his weapon drawn just before rapidly approaching Sandoval and shooting him twice in the chest. 

He is charged with murder.

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