SAPD officers shoot, kill suspect during arrest after man grabs gun

Shooting happened during undercover operation

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

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer and a sergeant both shot and killed a man outside a Southwest Side motel Thursday night after he reportedly took a gun from another officer, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. 

The shooting happened during an undercover operation. McManus said a team had gone to the Economy Inn, near Loop 410 north of Highway 90, to look for the man who had warrants for assault and drug-related charges.

Police said during the operation, the officers had to respond to an unrelated shooting that happened nearby. While they were handling that situation, the wanted man came out of a room at the motel.

McManus said officers then confronted him but he put up a struggle.

"He fought them. They tased him. It had no effect on him," McManus said. "During the fight, he was able to pull one of the officer's guns from his belt."

Another officer and a sergeant fired shots, hitting the man, who died at a hospital, McManus said.

Police did not immediately release the names of the officers or the man who was killed but did say both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. One of the officers is said to have been with SAPD for 23 years, and the other for 10 years.

KSAT 12 will have more information both online and on-air throughout the day on this developing story.

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