SAPD: Passenger opened fire on police officer during West Side shootout

Medical Examiner names two suspects killed in shooting

SAN ANTONIO – A passenger in the front seat of a pickup truck opened fire on a San Antonio police officer during a traffic stop last week, resulting in two deaths and the officer’s hand injury, according to police.

Authorities previously said it was the driver of the pickup truck who opened fire on the officer.

The incident happened around 11:27 a.m., Friday, in the 2300 block of Pinn Road, when Officer Sauvage conducted a traffic stop on a blue pickup truck.

Police said the truck came to a stop and Officer Sauvage made contact with the occupants — Sammie Barbosa, 33, the driver, and Alex Garcia, 25, the front seat passenger. When the officer opened the driver’s door, Garcia fired a handgun, according to police.

Pictured is (left) Sammie Barbosa and (right) Alex Garcia. (KSAT)

Through the investigation, police said an occupant in the vehicle was told to give the handgun to Garcia, who then fired at Officer Sauvage, striking him.

The officer was struck on his hand by the gunfire, but he was able to return fire, fatally striking both Garcia and Barbosa. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger, a woman, was shot in the torso and taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to officials. Officer Sauvage was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigations of the incident are still active by the SAPD Shooting Team and Internal Affairs. Officer Sauvage was placed on administrative duty, according to authorities.

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