SAN ANTONIO - Part of a South Side neighborhood remained sealed off by crime scene tape Monday morning after an overnight officer-involved shooting.
An officer suffered a gunshot wound to his foot in what turned out to be a shootout with at least one other armed man.
The officer was among several members of SAPD’s street crimes unit who were responding to a call after 12 a.m. about a robbery in the 200 block of W. Mayfield.
Chief William McManus, who later arrived at the scene, said the officer was walking in the next block over, in the 700 block of Kendalia Avenue when he encountered the shooter.
“He was out investigating the attempted robbery,” McManus said. “He came across the suspect and that suspect immediately started shooting. The officer was very fortunate because so many rounds were fired at him.”
The eight-year veteran with SAPD was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
McManus said he is expected to be OK.
He said the wounded officer’s partner was able to return fire, but it was unclear whether anyone else was wounded.
Both the shooter and a second suspect ran away and escaped.
McManus said investigators plan to keep watch on local hospitals in case the gunman was wounded and shows up for treatment.
Soon after the shooting, police launched their helicopter to help in the search.
They continued to keep the area where it happened cordoned off for hours.
Police with Harlandale ISD showed up to assess the situation in the neighborhood which is not far from at least two schools.
They said it was unclear whether the street closure might affect some school bus routes.
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