Bexar County Commissioners Court OKs 10-day body cam release policy for shootings, other critical incidents
On Tuesday, Bexar County commissioners unanimously passed a policy to have law enforcement agencies automatically release video of “critical incidents” within 10 days, with some exceptions, or explain why the release has been delayed.
Report on BCSO deputy’s fatal shooting of Nicholas Norris leaves out sheriff’s claims
A report about Nicholas Norris, who was fatally shot by a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy in September, submitted to the Office of the Attorney General raised some questions about the initial account of the shooting provided by Sheriff Javier Salazar.
2 dead in Texas flash flood from Hurricane Pamela remnants
ST. HEDWIG, Texas (AP) — A flash flood from the remnants of Hurricane Pamela swept a woman and a young girl to their deaths in a Texas creek as they were heading to a school and officials worked Friday to recover the woman's body, authorities said.myrgv.com
Body of 5-year-old girl found; recovery efforts continue for woman in submerged vehicle in east Bexar County, sheriff says
The body of a 5-year-old girl was recovered from a submerged vehicle and the recovery effort for a 52-year-old woman will resume Friday morning after the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away by high water in east Bexar County Thursday morning, Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
Nearly two weeks after fatal encounter, BCSO identifies deputy who shot and killed Nicholas Norris
A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man suffering from a mental health episode on the far West Side late last month was identified by agency officials Tuesday as 33-year-old Deputy Joseph Trevino.
‘Why is he even out here?’: Sheriff says man shot by deputy had been brought in before for mental health assistance
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Nicholas Norris, 38, had had multiple contacts with law enforcement for mental health over the previous few weeks and had been brought in for treatment.
Medical Examiner IDs man fatally shot by deputy in West Bexar County
The Bexar County Medical Examiner has identified a 39-year-old man <a href="https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/09/30/man-shot-by-deputy-in-west-bexar-county-bcso-says/" target="_blank">who was fatally shot </a>by a sheriff’s deputy on the far West Side on Thursday morning.
Son cashed healthcare provider checks as bedridden, wounded mother lied in filth for months, BCSO says
A man accused of neglecting to care for his bedridden mother, leaving her unbathed and with open wounds for months, told deputies he still cashed checks from healthcare providers because he was in “financial hard times,” authorities said.
Bexar County Commissioners Court proposes reallocation of 12 positions from sheriff’s office
The Bexar County Commissioners Court presented a proposal for the upcoming budget to reallocate 12 positions from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to different constables’ offices, a proposal Sheriff Javier Salazar has opposed.
Woman sues BCSO, University Health over lithium overdose that occurred at jail, left her in coma
A San Antonio woman with a mental illness claims she nearly died while in Bexar County Sheriff’s Office custody late last year after suffering a lithium overdose at the jail, according to a federal lawsuit filed this month.
Sheriff: Suspect sought after taking child, leading Bexar County deputies on chase
A 40-year-old man is on the run after he assaulted two people, took his child by force, led Bexar County sheriff’s deputies on a chase and escaped despite being shocked with a Taser, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
Deputies searching for man who assaulted 2 people before taking child, leading BCSO on chase, sheriff says
A 40-year-old man is on the run after he assaulted two people, took his child by force, led Bexar County sheriff’s deputies on a chase and escaped despite being shocked with a Taser, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
Why does San Antonio have so many wannabe Tiger Kings?
It was around this time last year that San Antonio and well, the nation, became enthralled by Netflix's "Tiger King." That tiger, named Elsa after Disney's Frozen princess, was eventually transported to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is about five hours north of San Antonio on February 23. The feline duo was relocated by ACS to the San Antonio Zoo, where they'll receive any necessary care. Tim Morrow, president and CEO of the San Antonio Zoo, echoed the statements from Salazar. ""Illegal animal trafficking is a global problem, and obviously San Antonio is not immune to this," said Morrow.mysanantonio.com
Sheriff's deputies rescue caged tiger amid freezing conditions in Bexar County
Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeBexar County Sheriff’s deputies and a local wildlife shelter rescued a tiger Saturday that was being held in a makeshift cage in Southwest Bexar County. Deputies found the tiger outside a home in the 18200 block of Primo Street around 5:41 p.m. after a neighbor reported that they were hearing what sounded like a crying tiger, Sheriff Javier Salazar said.mysanantonio.com
"Heartbreaking" 911 calls prompt search for tanker truck that may be carrying 80 trapped migrants
the dispatcher asked soon after. The caller told the dispatcher that he and the other migrants were still trapped in the truck and did not know where they were. "You're literally hearing people that believe they're moments away from death," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told CBS News. Salazar said the calls were "heartbreaking" and left the 911 dispatchers "visibly shaken." "There's always hope," Salazar said, when asked if the migrants could still be alive two days after making the call.cbsnews.com
Bexar County deputy accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl
A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office bailiff is facing termination after he was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a female family member that was reported in December. Sheriff Javier Salazar said the allegations against Mamorno were brought on Dec. 8. The girl, however, told authorities Mamorno forcibly touched her a second time while the two were sleeping in a hammock together, the affidavit said. In April 2017, Mamorno was rehired to work for the sheriff’s office, where he has served off and on for about seven years, Salazar said. Officials said they will serve Mamorno termination papers while he is in jail.mysanantonio.com
Former BCSO deputy accused of allowing inmates to perform his cell check duties
A former Bexar County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of having inmates complete his job tasks, Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a news conference Thursday. Salazar said Danilo Molina, 68, would make inmates perform his cell checks and then update the logs as if he was on the one who conducted them. In the jail, deputies are required to conduct regular checks by activating a sensor on the wall that electronically logs the procedure. According to Salazar, the 30-year veteran with the department was giving his sensor to inmates for them to perform the checks. Salazar said having the inmates perform these actions is dangerous because they don't have the training deputies do.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County Sheriff's Office investigating lieutenant who posted photos of herself in pro-Trump mob
click to enlarge Facebook / Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeBexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he has asked the FBI and Washington DC law enforcement officials to look at the photos to determine if the employee broke laws. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether an eight-year department veteran broke the law as she participated in this week's pro-Trump rally that morphed into an armed insurrection, KSAT reports. Sheriff Javier Salazar told the station 46-year-old Roxanne Mathai, a jail lieutenant, posted Facebook photos of herself inside the armed, pro-Trump mob that breached the Capitol complex Wednesday. “My intent is that she never set foot in this building again,” Salazar told KSAT. Among the photos Mathai posted was an image of rioters after they'd busted through a police line and clambered onto the Capitol's balcony, KSAT reports.sacurrent.com
BCSO investigating lieutenant who posted photos of herself among pro-Trump mob at U.S. Capitol
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a jail lieutenant broke policy or any laws by attending a pro-Trump rally that turned into an angry mob storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Sheriff Javier Salazar said 46-year-old Roxanne Mathai, an eight-year veteran with the department, posted selfies and photos of the crowd in Washington, D.C. to her Facebook page, identifying herself as a BCSO employee. In one of the photos' caption, she wrote she did not want to do something illegal and "catch a case." Salazar said some of the photos show the lieutenant in the middle of the crowd that assaulted law enforcement agents. BCSO's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the allegations, and Salazar said he plans to open another investigation in connection with Mathai's photos from the Capitol.mysanantonio.com
Sheriff sends Anaqua Springs shooting deaths case back to investigators for more scrutiny
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar is sending a case involving the shooting deaths of a mother and her two daughters back to his criminal investigation division for further scrutiny. The decision comes just days before the second anniversary of the killings of San Antonio hairstylist Nichol Leila Olsen, 37, and her two daughters, Alexa Denice Montez, 16, and London Sophia Bribiescas, 10.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: San Antonio man arrested for DWI had fake DEA badge and gun in vehicle
A San Antonio man arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated had a fake Drug Enforcement Administration badge in his vehicle, police said. Deputies found what appeared to be a DEA badge, a handgun and handcuffs in his vehicle. Deputies determined that the badge was fake and later found a website selling such replicas. While possessing a fake badge is not illegal, Sheriff Javier Salazar said the combination of a badge, weapon and handcuffs was concerning. Deputies are asking anyone with information — or people who may have seen Hernandez display the fake badge — to call the Public Integrity Unit at 210-335-5124.mysanantonio.com
Officials ID suspect in connection with shooting that killed 14-year-old
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is searching for an 18-year-old man in connection with a double shooting that left two individuals dead on the Northeast Side. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inboxSheriff Javier Salazar said the two died after a drug deal gone wrong. Miller, Smith and a third individual allegedly conspired to rob Carter during the drug deal, according to the sheriff. Salazar did not elaborate on what led to the shooting, but said Miller was involved in the ambush. READ ALSO: Officials ID teen killed during drug deal on Northeast Side“A 14-year-old lost his life over something as senseless as a couple grams of marijuana,” Salazar said during a news conference the night of the shooting.mysanantonio.com
BCSO deputy assaulted girlfriend and then attempted to destroy evidence, sheriff says
A Bexar County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested for the second time this year on suspicion of physically assaulting his girlfriend, Sheriff Javier Salazar announced during a news conference Monday. During the assault, her clothes became soiled with blood and Garza began to forcibly remove her clothing in an attempt to destroy the evidence, the sheriff said. The sheriff said Sunday's assault reads like a "carbon copy" to the previous assault on the same victim in February. According to Salazar, the termination process was underway after the first incident, and Garza has been on unpaid administrative leave for the past 10 months. During the incident, Salazar said the inmate retaliated and assaulted Garza, who later lied on a polygraph test about what occurred.mysanantonio.com
Officials ID teen killed during drug deal on Northeast Side
Update:The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified the 14-year-old boy shot and killed on Dec. 17 as Bobby Lee Carter, Jr.Carter and Robert Smith, 20, died after the shooting on the 7300 block of Rubens Drive. Original Story:A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were shot and killed Thursday night on the Northeast Side, officials said. Bexar County sheriff’s deputies were called to the 7300 block of Rubens Drive around 9:20 p.m. for a shooting. A group of people were conducting a marijuana transaction in a vehicle when at least two people approached and fired into the vehicle. Giovanna Barrera, 24, was shot and killed in her Tarrasa driveway after rollerskating on Dec. 9.mysanantonio.com
Man dismembered woman before killing her with an axe, affidavit says
The man arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a woman allegedly forced her fiancé to help clean up and dispose of her dismembered body, according to an arrest affidavit. While the three were in the garage of the home, Castillo told Perry to "shut up before he shut her up," the affidavit said. When she continued to move, Fulghum told police Castillo killed the woman with an axe, according to the affidavit. Fulghum said Castillo forced him at gunpoint to clean up the scene, according to the affidavit. The witness told deputies that the homeowner asked him for help.mysanantonio.com
Affidavit: Pair arrested in connection with roller skater's death beat, robbed a man two days prior
A man and a woman arrested last week in connection with the death of a roller skater on the Northeast Side are also accused of violently robbing a man two days before, according to an arrest affidavit. When she refused, Salazar said Calvillo shot Barrera in the face. The victim told police that he was walking down the road when Calvillo and Jones robbed him at gunpoint, the affidavit said. Police were able to identify Calvillo and Jones after they used the victim's credit card at a Quick Trip gas station, the affidavit said. Jones was arrested on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated robbery.mysanantonio.com
Man, 28, shoots woman in the face for not handing over her cellphone to him, BCSO says
A 28-year-old man shot and killed a woman who refused to hand over her cellphone to him, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a news conference Friday. RELATED: BCSO: Unknown man shoots, kills woman sitting in her car taking off her roller skatesAccording to the sheriff, Calvillo shot Barrera in the face “in cold blood at point-blank range” after she refused to give him her phone and threw it under the driver's seat. Calvillo then fled the scene in a car Jones was driving, Salazar said. Jones told investigators she heard Calvillo ask for the phone and then heard Barerra answer "no" before hearing one gunshot, the affidavit said. When Calvillo returned to the car, he allegedly told Jones "I shot that lady in the head" before they drove off, according to the affidavit.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Unknown man shoots, kills woman sitting in her car taking off her roller skates
A woman was shot and killed Wednesday on the North Side, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on the 7600 block of Tarrasa, near Walzem Road. Barrera had just finished rollerskating and was sitting in her car, taking off her roller skates, when a man approached her. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. “Whether they knew her name or not, there was clearly an intent to kill her.”Anita Todd, 50, lives around the corner from where the shooting occurred.mysanantonio.com
'Worst managed jail in Texas': BCSO deputy association says there is low morale among jail staff
The Deputy Sheriff''s Association of Bexar County on Wednesday compared the county jail to a sweatshop and called working conditions inhumane and an embarrassment. Payne said more than 500 deputies have left their jobs because of working conditions at the jail. "It is the worst managed jail in Texas," said Ron DeLord, the association's chief collective bargaining negotiator. Salazar said there is not much he can do about the excessive overtime because of jail standards set by the state. In response to the association calling the jail a sweatshop, Salazar said, "show me a sweatshop where some employees are making $160,000," in overtime hours at the taxpayer's expense.mysanantonio.com
Update: Officials ID man shot by deputy during high-speed chase on east Bexar County highway
One man was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after Bexar County deputies shot him during a vehicle pursuit, officials said. Oneal was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in critical condition, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Bexar County deputies listening to their radios joined the chase, which reached speeds in excess of 90 mph. Bexar County deputies unsuccessfully attempted to stop the car with spike strips at the county line, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. “Next thing I know, he takes off again and I hear, ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow,’” Routh said.mysanantonio.com
Human remains found on the side of the road in Southeast Bexar County, sheriff reports
click image Facebook / Bexar County Sherriff's OfficeSheriff Javier Salazar gives an update on the discovery of human remains in Southeast Bexar County. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of human remains in Southeast Bexar County, KSAT reports The body was discovered along the side of the road at the 9200 block of S. W.W. White Road in a rural portion of far Southeast Bexar County, according to BCSO officials.In a live-streamed press conference on Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Javier Salazar said a county work crew cleaning up trash in the area found "what they believed to just be a bundle" while picking up trash bags along the roadway. "They stopped, saw that it appeared to be a human body wrapped in a tarp, and then they called for us," Salazar said. "At this point, it's too early to tell if it is indeed a homicide," he added. As of press time, BCSO has yet to issue further updates on the matter.sacurrent.com
BCSO: Work crews picking up trash find human remains on side of the road in southeast Bexar County
Work crews picking up trash near WW White and Higdon roads on Thursday discovered what is believed to be human remains on the side of the road, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff Javier Salazar said the work crews came across a tarp and attempted to pick it up but it felt heavier than normal and noticed what appeared to be human hair. The desolate stretch of road on the southeast side of the county is surrounded by grassy fields with no buildings in sight. Salazar said they don’t know the condition of the body. “It is a small package the body is in, so right now we just don’t know what the state of it is,” Salazar said.mysanantonio.com
These San Antonio residents vanished and have never been found
The Charley Project, a website that tracks cold case disappearances, lists dozens of missing San Antonio residents spanning decades of police records. Nicholas Barclay, 13, was last seen in June 1994 playing basketball with friends in San Antonio. Gabriel Johnson, an eight-month-old baby, was last seen with his mother, Elizabeth, in December 2009 at a San Antonio hotel. San Antonio Police DepartmentAva Baldwin, 6, was involved in cheerleading and soccer before her disappearance. While Kathryn's family believes the pair are dead, Hopper thinks they are alive and that people in the San Antonio area helped them leave the state.mysanantonio.com
'Disturbing discovery': BCSO finds nearly $30 million worth of meth in Northeast Side residence
Salazar said authorities found 66 pounds of meth inside the vehicle. Inside, Salazar said authorities found 172 pounds of meth, 8.9 pounds of black tar heroin and over 1,000 pounds of meth in a liquid form. A BCSO spokesman said the solidified meth and the potential amount that the liquid would have produced totaled $29 million. It's sole purpose was for a drug lab, Salazar said of the home. Salazar said there is evidence to suggest someone was at the home right before the bust, but the person fled.mysanantonio.com
Game warden finds body believed to be man missing since July
Human remains were found Friday in far Southeast Bexar County near an area where a man missing since late July was last seen, officials said. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said they believe the remains likely belong to 38-year-old Curtis Perry. A game warden searching on foot for evidence of poachers discovered the remains, Salazar said, near the 9000 block of South Foster Road. “We’re cautiously optimistic that these will be his remains,” Salazar said. The Philadelphia man was in Houston visiting relatives and rented a car to meet people in San Antonio.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Man who shot wife found dead after hours-long standoff at far West Side home
A San Antonio man was found dead after an hours-long standoff with Bexar County deputies at a far West Side residence Thursday night. The department later identified that man as 38-year-old Daniel Sanchez. According to Sheriff Javier Salazar, Sanchez shot his wife in the torso four times during an argument. The woman was able to escape from the residence and later taken to the hospital in critical condition. During a news conference Thursday night, Salazar urged Sanchez to turn himself in peacefully, begging him to think about his children.mysanantonio.com
Search for missing man at East Side home comes to 'disappointing and infuriating' end
The search of an East Side home's property for the body of a missing man believed to be dead has come to a “disappointing and infuriating” conclusion, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a news conference Thursday. Salazar said the search ended after the suspect said he gave investigators false information. “I believe he thought he was helping his own case and didn’t think that we would actually go out to look for Mr. Perry,” Salazar said. The suspect who provided the false information is a suspect in the case but is in custody on unrelated charges, Salazar said. BCSO may ask the FBI to assist with additional resources to find Perry’s body, the Sheriff said.mysanantonio.com