SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police officers shot at a man who pointed a shotgun at them Monday morning on the city’s Northwest Side, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
No injuries were reported in the incident in the 100 block of Saratoga Drive, McManus said.
Police were called out to the neighborhood around 7:30 a.m. after concerned neighbors reported seeing a man walking around and shouting, McManus said.
When officers arrived, the man pointed a shotgun through a window of a vacant home. Two officers fired a few rounds but no one was hit, McManus said.
The man was arrested and is expected to be charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.
McManus said the man had been living in the house since Friday and that the house looked “like a tornado ran through it.” He added that there appeared to be stolen property inside the home and “they were also cutting into the neighbor’s water line and electric.”
He also said that “the homeless issue has been a concern for this neighborhood for some time now.”
Neighbors told KSAT that people come and go from the home. A next-door neighbor said there hadn’t been anyone staying there for a month or more, ever since the doors had been removed from the house.
She said the man had been there every day since Friday and has a history with the property, though he is not the owner.
McManus said SAPD plans to get the city’s Dangerouse Assessment Response Team (DART) involved with the house. The multi-department team is run by the city attorney’s office and tackles problem houses with a documented history of criminal and code violation complaints.
Online records of 311 service requests show a single open call from Apr. 30 for a vacant/overgrown property.
A dangerous premises officer from the city’s Development Services Department visited the property on Monday and could be seen taking photos. A department spokeswoman, though, said DSD’s role is just to assess structural problems, and if police were going to get DART involved, it’s likely because of a criminal history.
KSAT asked police for a two-year call history for the address but did not hear back before air time.