Officers responding to domestic violence call shoot man at West Side apartment complex, SAPD Chief McManus says

Incident occurred just after 2 a.m. in 3100 block of Culebra Road

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE 9/18/23 at 5 p.m.: San Antonio police identified the 19-year-old man shot by Officer Christopher Cummings as Alex Saldana. SAPD said Cummings has six years with the department.

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Police officers responding to a domestic violence call shot a 19-year-old man at West Side apartment complex early Friday morning, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. in the 3100 block of Culebra Road, not far from St. Mary’s University and Memorial High School.

According to police, officers had responded to the domestic violence call after receiving word of a man pistol-whipping his 19-year-old girlfriend.

McManus said when officers arrived, the man with the gun pointed it at them, so one of the officers fired, hitting him at least once in the chest.

A preliminary police reports states the first officer on scene had heard a man shouting at someone inside an apartment as the apartment door was open. The report says the officer pushed the door, announced his presence and told those inside to show their hands. The man came out of a room and pointed the gun at the officer, the police report states.

Officers began life-saving measures on the man until EMS arrived.

The wounded man was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, in critical condition.

The police officer who fired the gunshots, who McManus did not initially identify, has six years of experience on the force.

SAPD did not give an update on the condition of the girlfriend. The officers involved were not hurt in the incident.

McManus said that all the information he received at the scene was preliminary, since he has not seen the full body camera video yet.

The San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department and EMS all responded to the call.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, McManus said.

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