‘I’m not putting my gun down’: Man killed in police shootout after shooting child’s mother’s friend at East Side apartment, chief says

Victim taken to hospital in critical condition, police say

SAN ANTONIOEditor’s Note: The video in this article was from earlier in the Nightbeat broadcast. Read the story below for the latest details in the case.

A man in his 30s who was shot by police after he had shot his child’s mother’s friend at an East Side apartment has died, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

Police were called to the East Meadow Apartments in the 1200 block of North Walters Street on Friday night.

McManus said the man in his 30s confronted his child’s mother’s friend and then shot him. An officer who was nearby arrived moments later and found the shooting suspect.

The officer confronted the man, and the shooting suspect pulled out his gun, McManus said.

After that, the officer backed off and called for backup while shadowing the shooting suspect, who continued up the street, with his gun still visible, onto Burleson.

When the second group of officers arrived 15 to 20 minutes after, five of the officers shadowed the shooting suspect and tried to de-escalate the situation, McManus said.

McManus said the suspect told a captain at the scene: “I’m not putting my gun down.”

The shooting suspect walked into an empty field, and officers used a Taser to try to subdue him, according to the chief. He then shot at the officers, and five of them fired back, striking him multiple times, McManus said.

None of the officers were injured in the shootout.

The shooting suspect was taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

The victim shot at the apartment complex was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The chief said he was stable at last check.

The officers, whose careers with SAPD range from three to 19 years, will be placed on administrative duty.

McManus said the information given during his briefing is preliminary and is subject to change with further investigation.

KSAT will update this story on air and online when new details become available.


About the Authors:

Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio for five years. Before living in SA, Ivan covered border news in the Rio Grande Valley.

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.