Violent clash in Leon Valley ends with police officer, driver hospitalized

Officer injured when driver ran over him; suspect shot, police chief says

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A Leon Valley police officer and a driver both remain hospitalized after a violent clash early Monday.

The two met up when the officer and one other initiated a traffic stop around 3 a.m. near Peach Tree Street and Huebner Road.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the officers believed the man was driving while intoxicated but he refused to cooperate with them.

“They tried to talk to him for quite a bit through the window. He wouldn’t roll his window down, and then 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 (the car).”

Salvaggio said one of the officers was standing in the path of the car at the time.

Investigators search the car that the suspect was driving when he allegedly ran over a Leon Valley police officer. (KSAT 12 News)

“He was hit. He was run over by the vehicle and the other officer is the one who actually shot the individual,” Salvaggio said.

The officer suffered several broken bones in one leg.

The suspect was hit at least twice by the gunfire.

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

Salvaggio did not release any names or detailed information on either man at the scene.

KSAT 12 News placed several calls to the Leon Valley Police Department for updated information.

However, as of late Monday morning, no one had returned the calls nor provided any additional information.

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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.