Neighbors duck for cover as man, SWAT officers engage in gun battle

43-year-old suspect shot, wounded by SWAT officers

SAN ANTONIO – A wild gun battle at a far West Side apartment complex had neighbors ducking and running for cover as bullets tore into their homes.

The shooting at the Timber Creek Apartments originally began around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chief William McManus with the San Antonio Police Department.

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McManus said officers were answering a call about someone firing a long gun at the complex, located in the 6900 block of Timbercreek Drive, when they found themselves under attack.

“Officers arrived. Their vehicle was struck by gunfire from this individual. They retreated, called SWAT,” he said.

Even after the SWAT team arrived, McManus said, the gunfire continued, with the suspect engaging in a gun battle with those officers.

Eventually, one SWAT team member shot the 43-year-old suspect, grazing him on his head. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The patio fence of the suspect's apartment was riddled with bullets as that man fired at officers through it, police said. (KSAT 12 News)

Hours after the violence ended, there were still signs of it everywhere.

A fence surrounding the patio of the suspect’s apartment was riddled with bullet holes.

McManus said at one point, the man was firing through that fence at SWAT officers.

There were also bullet holes in a wrought-iron fence and in a private home across the street.

Several bullets also went into the apartments of the suspect’s neighbors, McManus said.

“We just hit the ground quick, and we stayed (on) the ground,” said Joel Garcia, who lives next door to the suspect. “We stayed in the safest place, toward the restroom.”

During the gun battle, bullets tore into this wrought-iron fence, neighbors' apartments, and even a home across the street. No one was hurt. (KSAT 12 News)

Garcia said one stray bullet hit a wall in his apartment.

Police say, luckily, no one was hurt by the wild gunfire.

Still, the noise of the commotion stayed with Garcia, at least throughout the early part of the day.

“Just hearing gunshots, non-stop,” Garcia said. “It would stop and then I’d hear him yelling, and then he would shoot again.”

Police are not sure what set off the man, causing him to shoot.

However, McManus said that suspect will undergo a mental evaluation.

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

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