Off-duty SAPD officer under investigation after bar fight

Fight happened at scene of separate shooting

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter , Ben Spicer - Web Producer

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer is under investigation for his alleged involvement in an after-hours fistfight outside a South Side bar.

Police Chief William McManus said the officer was off duty at the time and had been visiting Mustang Sally’s, in the 3400 block of Roosevelt Avenue, before the incident around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

During the fight, McManus said, two other people became involved in an unrelated dispute in the same parking lot. One of them then fired a gunshot toward a crowd of people, wounding a man in his elbow. The injured man is expected to be OK.

McManus said, at that point, the officer left the scene -- one of several actions McManus believes the officer never should have taken.

"First of all, he shouldn't have been involved in the fight, number one. But secondly, when the shot was fired, he should not have fled," he said.

It was during their investigation surrounding that separate shooting that detectives also learned about the fight, McManus said.

They were able to determine the identity of the officer, who later showed up at Public Safety Headquarters and spoke with investigators.

McManus said the investigation regarding the alleged fight will continue.

"It will be sent to internal affairs for investigation. That investigation, once it's complete, will go to the chief's advisory action board,” he said.

Depending on the outcome of the case, the officer potentially could face disciplinary action, up to the loss of his job. It’s possible he also could face criminal charges, McManus said.

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