Man indicted by grand jury, accused of running over deputy during pursuit

BCSO: David Lee Oneal charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer

BCSO identifies suspect accused of running over deputy during pursuit in East Bexar County
BCSO identifies suspect accused of running over deputy during pursuit in East Bexar County

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas – A Bexar County grand jury has indicted a man accused of trying to run over a Bexar County deputy during a chase that spanned two counties.

David Lee Oneal is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.

This case will be prosecuted in the 144th District Court.

The incident on Nov. 24 started when a China Grove police officer had initially attempted to stop a vehicle with Oneal and a woman inside, but he refused to stop and led the officer on a pursuit, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.

The sheriff said deputies aided the China Grove police officer until they lost contact with the officer when the pursuit went through Wilson County. At that point, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and La Vernia police stepped in to help try to stop the suspect, Salazar said.

The suspect made a U-turn near Sutherland Springs and headed back into Bexar County, where deputies attempted to use spike strips to stop the suspect at the county line, Salazar said. But the spike strips were ineffective.

Salazar said the deputies again tried to stop the suspect using spike strips near Highway 87 and Stuart Road. The second time was successful as one of the suspect’s tires deflated.

The suspect then hit several patrol cars, Salazar said. He said a deputy then got out of his service vehicle to try to capture the suspect.

Salazar said the suspect then accelerated toward the deputy, and the deputy pulled out his service weapon and shouted orders at the suspect.

The suspect disregarded the commands and continued toward the deputy, Salazar said.

Salazar said the deputy was struck by the suspect’s vehicle during the exchange and was thrown before the suspect crashed into the service vehicle.

The deputy then fired several shots in self-defense, and a bullet struck the suspect in the upper body, the sheriff said.

The suspect then continued, and eventually, his vehicle either gave out or he gave up, Salazar said.

Emergency medical services personnel took the suspect to BAMC in critical condition. The deputy was also transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office chase leads to shooting
Bexar County Sheriff's Office chase leads to shooting

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