SAPD officers shoot man with ‘extensive criminal history’ during foot chase, Chief McManus says

David Trevino shot at officers in open field on Interstate 35, Somerset Road

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police shot a man Tuesday night on the South Side who Police Chief William McManus said has an “extensive criminal record.”

According to a preliminary police report, David Trevino, 47, was a suspect in a shooting at an apartment complex Sunday in the 200 block of Sandmeyer Street.

The report said that Trevino put gasoline in a generator that was located near his neighbor who was on his front porch and fired shots at it. The suspect then barricaded himself inside his apartment with a woman. SAPD’s Special Operations Unit, which includes SWAT and hostage negotiators, was called to the scene. Trevino ultimately forced his way through his apartment and into another unit and escaped. The woman surrendered to SWAT officers. Trevino was also wanted on active warrants for terroristic threats and for a parole violation.

SAPD got information on where Trevino was on Tuesday and set up surveillance. When he left in a car with three other people, officers tried to make a traffic stop, McManus said.

Once the lights and sirens went on, Trevino waved a gun out the window from the back seat of the car, McManus said.

The car stopped at Interstate 35 South and Somerset Road, where Trevino ran into an open field.

Six officers chased after Trevino when he pointed a gun at the officers and fired once, McManus said. The officers opened fire on Trevino, hitting him multiple times. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The round fired by Trevino grazed an officer’s body armor plate, but none of the officers were hurt.

It was not clear how many of the six officers involved in the chase shot Trevino.

McManus said five of them have been with SAPD for five years or less, and the other has 12 years on the force. They will be placed on administrative duty, as per SAPD policy. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office will review the case.

Trevino is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, unlawful carry of a weapon with a felony conviction, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest/detention- Second or More, in connection with Tuesday’s incident.

The three other people in the car were detained.


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