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Armed man killed by SAPD at Northwest Side apartment was shot by 6 officers responding to children’s screams, police report says

Woman, 5 children ran out of apartment in 5600 block of Culebra Road before fatal gunfire

SAN ANTONIO – A 44-year-old man who was out on bond for an aggravated assault charge involving a woman was killed Tuesday night after he was shot by six San Antonio police officers moments after the woman and five children ran out of a Northwest Side apartment, according to a preliminary police report.

Officers were called to investigate a burglary in progress call around 10:15 p.m. at the Westway Apartments in the 5600 block of Culebra Road.

According to the report, officers responding to the call originally couldn’t find anything, but as they were in the parking lot getting ready to leave, they heard a gunshot and children yelling and screaming inside an apartment.

When the officers went to the apartment, a woman and five children ran out the unit, leaving an armed 44-year-old man inside, the report said.

One of the officers tried to get the man, identified as Victor Sanchez, to drop his handgun, the report said.

Sanchez walked into the hallway and pointed the gun at officers, who opened fire on him. Sanchez was hit multiple times and was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

None of the officers were injured and will be placed on administrative leave pending a criminal and administrative investigations.

According to the report, Sanchez was out on bond for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case where the woman was the victim.


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