Man arrested after 2 people found shot, killed outside of NW Side apartment, police say

Michael Burger, 20, is facing a charge of capital murder

SAN ANTONIO – A Houston-area school district on Monday identified a married couple killed in a fatal shooting in San Antonio as two long-time employees.

The incident happened around 12:15 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Parkdale, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

McManus said an officer was handling a traffic accident across the street from the complex when he heard gunshots ring out. The officer then went over to the complex to investigate.

That’s when he found two people, a man and a woman in their 40s or 50s, dead outside of a first-floor apartment, according to SAPD.

Those two were identified Monday by Spring Branch ISD officials as William “Bill” Burger and Noreen Burger. William Burger was an assistant principal for the past 11 years with the district and has served Spring Branch ISD for three decades. Noreen Burger, who retired in 2020, had worked at the district for a total of 25 years.

“Our hearts are heavy as we hear these reports however, we cannot confirm anything past that at this time as this is a San Antonio Police Department active investigation,” according to a statement from a district official.

The responding officer noticed Michael Burger, 20, holding an AR rifle and a shotgun, McManus said. Michael Burger took cover between two vehicles, causing the officer to back up.

Police said Michael Burger popped up moments later from in between the two vehicles and the officer shouted for him to drop his weapons before firing several rounds in his direction. He was not hit by the gunfire and he quickly gave up, according to McManus. He was then taken into custody.

The incident is believed to have stemmed from family violence.

The officer involved in the shooting will remain on active duty and will not be placed on administrative leave, according to McManus.

Burger is currently facing one count of capital murder of multiple persons, court records show.

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