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SAPD Chief McManus: Man dies after holding estranged wife hostage, standoff with police

Incident occurred at home in 4400 block of Eisenhower Road

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Chief William McManus said a man is dead after he held his wife hostage and shot her in the leg inside their Northeast Side home early Thanksgiving morning.

The incident began around 2:45 a.m. at a home in the 4400 block of Eisenhauer Road, not far from Interstate 35, after police received received word of a man and woman arguing.

According to police, the man barricaded himself inside and threatened to shoot himself and his estranged wife if they made entry.

Negotiators and SWAT crews attempted to resolve the standoff peacefully, with negotiators speaking to the man through a window.

Police say they heard gunshots fired inside the home, and that’s when they went inside.

McManus said SWAT crews deployed flash bangs before entering the home and found both the man and the woman shot.

The police chief said the man, however, was still alive after he had shot himself, and that he was still holding a gun. That’s when, McManus said, a SWAT team member and 14-year SAPD veteran shot the man. The man died from his injuries.

The woman was taken to an area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

The officer involved will be put on routine administrative duty, as part of normal protocol, McManus said.


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