Leon Valley police shoot driver after he allegedly ran over officer

Officer suffered broken leg, suspect shot twice

LEON VALLEY, Texas – Leon Valley police say an officer shot and wounded a driver who intentionally ran over another officer with his car early Monday morning.

The incident happened during a traffic stop shortly before 3 a.m. on Peach Tree Street near Huebner Road.

According to Leon Valley’s Chief of Police Joseph Salvaggio, the officers believe the man was driving while intoxicated and pulled over his car.

He says soon after the driver refused to cooperate and it wasn’t long before things turned especially violent.

“They tried to talk to him for quite a bit through the window. He wouldn’t roll his window down and then he eventually did,” Salvaggio said. “Then, as they were talking to him they decided to try to arrest him. The door came open and then he intentionally reversed it and ran over the officer.”

A second officer fired the shots that hit the man, Salvaggio said.

He said the driver was hit at least a couple of times.

The officer who was run over by the car suffered a broken leg.

Both were taken to a local hospital with what the chief described as non life-threatening injuries.

Detectives spent hours at the scene going through the suspect’s car which appeared to have several bullet holes in its windshield and passenger side window.

As of early Monday morning, police had not released the names of the officer or the suspect.


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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.