‘Threat was quite active’: Armed man, 21, shot, killed by convenience store customer on far West Side, police say

Shooting happened at Shell in 10100 block of Culebra Road

A person who was shopping at a convenience store shot and killed an armed 21-year-old man who was pointing a gun at a clerk on the far West Side, San Antonio police said.

SAN ANTONIO – A person who was shopping at a convenience store shot and killed an armed 21-year-old man who was pointing a gun at a clerk on the far West Side, San Antonio police said.

Around 6:27 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a Shell gas station in the 10100 block of Culebra Road.

Police said the 21-year-old man, identified Wednesday by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Armando Sanabria, entered the store with something covering his face, and he displayed a weapon at the clerk.

Two customers in the store confronted Sanabria, police said. One of the customers used a Taser on the suspect, who briefly fell.

Sanabria then got up, retrieved his gun and was shot by the second customer, police said.

“In the state of Texas, you can carry a weapon, and you have the right to protect yourself and your property. And while these were customers, and not owners, they did feel that the threat was quite active, and they addressed it as such,” said Officer Alisia Pruneda, spokesperson for the San Antonio Police Department.

Sanabria died at the scene.

Police said witnesses are being cooperative in the investigation and they are reviewing surveillance video. It’s unclear if any charges will be filed.

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