RECORDS: San Antonio man was playing with AR-15 before fatally shooting teen

Robert Amaya, 21, charged in shooting death of Zavhon Brown, 15

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist

Courtesy: Bexar County Jail

SAN ANTONIO - A 21-year-old man who was on the run for a week and wanted in the shooting death of a teenage boy was taken into custody Monday night, according to the Converse Police Department.

The suspect, Robert Amaya, is accused of fatally shooting Zavhon Brown, 15, in the face with an AR-15 rifle on Aug. 5.

Around 7 a.m. that day, Converse police went to a home in the 7500 block of Gander Park, where they found Brown with the gunshot wound.

Brown was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he later died.

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Police said Amaya, Brown, Brown's brother and an unidentified 16-year-old girl were inside the room at the time of the shooting.

Brown's brother told the police that Amaya was playing with the rifle in the room, did not know it was loaded and shot Zavhon. Amaya then fled on foot before officers arrived at the home.

Amaya had been living at the home for the previous three weeks because he was homeless, according to an arrest affidavit.

Online records show that Amaya was wanted in a separate incident that happened July 25.

Amaya had been arguing with a woman at a Converse home around 6:30 p.m. that day. When she started to dial 911, Amaya pulled out a handgun, chambered a bullet into it and said, "I'll kill you," according to an arrest affidavit.

Before deputies with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home, Amaya took off on foot.

Online jail records show Amaya is still in custody on charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bail has been set at $150,000.

Amaya has previous arrests on suspicion of burglary, theft, and evading arrest, according to online jail records.

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