Police standoff on South Side ends peacefully; man taken into custody

Incident occurred in 8800 block of Topsey Street

A 43-year-old man is in police custody after he fired a handgun at officers and barricaded himself inside a South Side home early Friday morning.

SAN ANTONIO – A 43-year-old man is in police custody after he fired a handgun at officers and barricaded himself inside a South Side home early Friday morning.

Officers were called around 3 a.m. to a home in the 8800 block of Topsey Street, not far from Pleasanton Road and East Ansley Street after receiving word of shots fired.

According to police, the man was living in a backyard shed of the house when he broke into the home unbeknownst to the three people who live there.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said officers got the three adults who live there out of the house safely and as they were checking a bedroom, the suspect shot at officers.

The officers then returned fire, hitting him twice in the leg. They backed out of the home and called for assistance from SWAT teams, McManus said.

The man however, came out of the house around 7 a.m. and surrendered as SWAT teams were setting up. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. He now faces a list of charges.

McManus said the other people inside the house were not involved. The police chief admitted he didn’t know the relationship between them and the man in the shed, and also didn’t know why the man did it.

Authorities did say the man was initially firing off the gun in the bedroom when the people in the home called 911, thinking he was outside. It is unclear as to what the man was shooting at, but officers found shell casings at the scene.


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