SAPD officer shoots homeless man accused of assaulting people in Walmart parking lot

Man approached SAPD officer with knife, baton

By Ivan Herrera - Web Producer, Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - A homeless man accused of assaulting people with a bat is in a hospital in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting in a drainage ditch next to a North Side Walmart parking lot.

Police received a call about an individual who was assaulting people in the Walmart parking lot on Jones Maltsberger Road Saturday night, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

McManus said police know of at least two assaults using what police described as a "club and a bat." The severity of the injuries of those people is unknown.

When an officer arrived, a number of people pointed in the direction of a drainage ditch next to the lot. The officer then went after the individual, McManus said.

The man, who is believed to be homeless, pulled a knife and a metal baton on the officer while they were in the drainage ditch, McManus said.

The officer used a stun gun to try to subdue the man, but it did not have any effect on him. McManus said the officer received a shock, as he was standing in some water when he discharged the stun gun.

The officer then used his service weapon and fired at the man. He was shot three times in the abdomen and thigh, according to a preliminary report. He was taken to University Hospital in critical condition.

McManus said the officer has been with the department for 10 months and will be placed on administrative duty while the investigation is ongoing.

The officer is expected to be OK.

Authorities have not yet identified the man involved in the altercation. McManus said the man is believed to be homeless.

The suspect is facing an aggravated assault against a public servant charge and aggravated assault charge.

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