Suspect dead, BCSO deputy expected to survive after shooting on far West Side, sheriff says

Deputy was part of team trying to serve felony warrants on 18-year-old man at home in the 200 block of Demya Drive

SAN ANTONIO – A suspect is dead and a deputy is wounded after a shooting on the far West Side on Tuesday afternoon, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The shooting was reported in the 200 block of Demya Drive, just west of Loop 410.

Salazar said a team from the Fugitive Apprehension Unit was serving two felony warrants on an 18-year-old man for aggravated robbery and a narcotics offense.

The FAU team knocked on the front door of a home. When there was no answer, they approached a shed-like structure in the back, where the suspect was supposedly living.

Salazar said body camera video showed one deputy knocking on the door and then turning the slightly-opened knob. The deputy looked inside and then saw something that made him retreat. When he turned around, automatic gunfire could be heard in the video, according to the sheriff.

The gunfire from the suspect hit the deputy once in the back, Salazar said. The deputy then retreated nearby and called for help.

Other deputies arrived, and one returned fire on the suspect. Salazar said more automatic shots could be heard in the body camera video.

The injured deputy was rushed to University Hospital in a BCSO vehicle.

“We believe he’s going to survive,” Salazar said at a news conference.

The sheriff said the injured deputy was wearing a protective vest. However, it’s unclear if the bullet went through it or where exactly it hit the deputy.

After tactical teams and negotiators arrived, BCSO was able to make entry into the shed with a drone. The suspect was found dead with one gunshot wound. Salazar said it appears he died by gunfire, but the medical examiner will decide on the cause of death.

The sheriff said it’s unclear if the suspect killed himself or if he died from the shots the deputies fired. Family members identified him as Robert Inosencio.

Two firearms were recovered at the scene, according to Salazar.

Salazar said the deputy who was shot is a 29-year veteran and will be out on medical leave until he recovers. The other deputies involved will be placed on administrative leave until they can return to administrative duty.

The sheriff said BCSO would release the body cam video as soon as they can, possibly within 10 days.


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