SAPD chief: Teen who shot officer ‘had a gun that he shouldn't have'

Devin Seth Perez charged in connection with police-involved shooting

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor, Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A 17-year-old boy was injured when he was arrested Monday night, hours after officials said he opened fire on two San Antonio police officers, wounding one of them.

During a news conference Tuesday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the Southwest Texas Fusion Center received information that Devin Seth Perez was in the area of Steves and South New Braunfels avenues on Monday night. A San Antonio Police Department helicopter, SWAT and members of the Repeat Offender Program unit were involved in his arrest at a gas station parking lot, McManus said. Perez was injured during the arrest.

"He resisted is my understanding," McManus told reporters, saying a use of force report had been completed and would be investigated "as is par for the course."

Perez was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released to police. He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted capital murder.

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McManus said a second suspect, Adam Rolando Barrientes, 17, turned himself in to police Monday. Barrientes was charged with aggravated robbery for the attempted carjacking, but will not face charges in the shooting involving Officer Adam Azua, an eight-year veteran, and Officer Arturo Rodriguez, a 17-year veteran. 

McManus said he did not believe Barrientes was with Perez during the shooting.

Azua and Rodriguez were investigating a shooting call that turned out to be an attempted carjacking in the 700 block of Kendalia Avenue early Monday morning when police said they encountered Perez walking on the street, according to an arrest affidavit. When they tried to give him commands, Perez opened fire, setting off an exchange of gunfire and wounding Azua in the foot, according to an arrest affidavit. Azua is expected to be released from a hospital Tuesday.

"A lot of people dismiss those type of wounds to something that's not a big deal. It actually is a big deal," McManus said. "The officer has bone damage, tendon damage to his foot. It's a serious injury. Although we say 'non-life-threatening injury,' if you get shot, it's serious."

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McManus said Perez continued to fire after Azua went down. According to the arrest affidavit, Rodriguez turned his attention to his wounded partner while Perez ran away.

The description Rodriguez provided of the shooter, which included him having hair like NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., reminded another SAPD officer of Perez, according to the affidavit. Rodriguez was able to pick Perez out of a photo lineup, and when police checked Perez's social media page, they found a selfie that showed a phone case that matched one found at the scene.

Perez has not been booked for the attempted carjacking, and though Barrientes' arrest paperwork mentions a co-defendant, it does not name him. But the affidavits for Perez's attempted capital murder warrants note that the suspect in the carjacking and the one who shot Azua has similar physical descriptions. Additionally, the shell casings at both scenes had similar markings.

An SAPD spokeswoman said the investigation is still ongoing.

Both Azua and Rodriguez will be placed on administrative duty, which is normal protocol during the investigation of officer-involved shootings.

When McManus was asked if he is still surprised that people shoot at officers, he said, "No, I'm not surprised. It shocks the senses to think that anyone would shoot at a police officer, let alone a 17-year-old."

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McManus was also asked about gun control during the news conference. While he said he didn't want to get into a gun debate, he said, "The 17-year-old had a gun that he shouldn't have. Let's just leave it at that."

Video: Watch Chief McManus' news conference below

 

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