San Antonio City Council leaders await findings of fatal police shooting, angry confrontation on West Side
San Antonio city leaders who spoke with KSAT 12 News offered their condolences to 28-year-old Kevin Johnson’s family after he was shot and killed by officers, which led to a tense confrontation between the crowd and police. However, they chose to withhold further comment until the details are confirmed and the body cam footage is released.
Lawsuit filed against U.S. Marshal, SAPD officer who shot, killed unarmed suspect while serving warrant
The federal lawsuit, filed Jan. 13 on behalf of Randall Glen Goodale Jr.’s widow and minor daughter against the city, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark Seguin and SAPD officer Nathan Bundy claims the officers denied Goodale of his constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendments and seeks damages in excess of $75,000.
Family claims footage contradicts SAPD narrative of fatal shooting. The public will likely never see the video.
Two months after a San Antonio police officer shot and killed her younger brother, Debra Montez Felder and SAPD officials are nowhere near to being on the same page about the last moments of his life.
Police shoot, kill man armed with knife; Taser had no effect, SAPD chief says
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police shot and killed a man who they say was armed with a knife and had been threatening his family. Police say they tried using a Taser weapon twice, but it did not stop him. After confronting him, the officers used a Taser weapon on the man but it had no effect, McManus said. The Taser partially took effect and at that point, the officers felt compelled to use deadly force,” McManus said. McManus described Montez as the estranged, common-law husband of the woman and the father of one of the children.
‘Turn yourselves in’: Sheriff identifies brothers accused of shooting Balcones Heights police officer
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar identified two suspects Thursday morning wanted in connection with the shooting of a Balcones Heights police sergeant. Wilfredo Montemayor, 27, and his brother Sijifredo Montemayor, 30, are wanted for attempted capital murder. AdPictures of the two men believed to be involved in the shooting were also released Wednesday night. Sijifredo Montemayor, 30, is wanted for attempted capital murder. Wilfredo Montemayor, 27, is wanted for attempted capital murder.
Sheriff’s briefing on shooting of Balcones Heights police officer
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar will hold a briefing Thursday shortly after 10 a.m. about the investigation into the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer. Pictures of the two men believed to be involved in the shooting of Sgt. One of the suspects is believed to be the driver of a Ford pickup. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. They gunned down this officer very much in cold blood,” the sheriff said.
Officer’s quick thinking offers hope that Balcones Heights police sergeant will survive shootout
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – The city of Balcones Heights is holding out hope that one of their police officers will pull through after he was shot several times Wednesday afternoon answering an auto burglary call. Ortiz has been with BHPD for a short period of time, but has five years of EMS experience, said Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne de Leon. “I believe because of the quick action of Officer Ortiz, [Sgt. He is president of the Balcones Heights Police Union Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the Texas Municipal Police Association. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office put out an advisory for this suspect involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer.
Photos released of Balcones Heights police shooting suspects
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office late Wednesday night released pictures of two men they believe were involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer. One of the suspects is believed to be the driver of a Ford pickup. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. “The backseat shooter looked at him in the eye and shot him point blank … in the upper body.”Salazar said the suspect shot at Sepulveda up to eight more times as he was running for cover.
Balcones Heights police officer critically wounded, suspects sought following shooting at apartment complex
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – A sergeant with the Balcones Heights Police Department was critically wounded after he was shot Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of an apartment complex, officials said. Joey Sepulveda was undergoing surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center for wounds in the neck and shoulder, Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne DeLeon said. At least three suspects are being sought in connection with the shooting. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office put out an advisory for this suspect involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer. “My hat is off to that secondary officer,” Salazar said.
Man killed in SAPD shooting outside South Park Mall identified by authorities
SAN ANTONIO – The armed man who was fatally shot by four San Antonio police officers outside South Park Mall on Wednesday has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. Erick Mejia, 26, was shot multiple times around 11:30 a.m. and died at the scene, according to authorities. After the driver stopped under the I-35 overpass, he fled on foot and ran into South Park Mall before security kicked him out, police said. AdA video captured by a witness shows an SAPD officer point his service weapon at the armed man, who police say refused to drop his gun as he walked in the parking lot. AdWitnesses say SAPD officers shot man with gun near South Park MallSAPD officers fatally shoot man armed with gun near South Park MallRead also:
Witness captures fatal SAPD shooting outside South Park Mall on camera
SAN ANTONIO – A witness captured on camera the fatal shooting of an armed man by San Antonio police Wednesday outside South Park Mall. The video shows an SAPD officer pointing his service weapon at the armed man, who refuses to drop his gun while he is walking. The video ends with the officers surrounding the man, who was shot after Police Chief William McManus said he raised his gun toward officers. The suspect, who was driving an 18-wheeler, had been stopped for a traffic violation, a preliminary police report released Thursday said. The man ran into the mall and exited Dick’s Sporting Goods, where he was encountered by officers and eventually shot several times, the report said.
Police fatally shoot driver after run-in with Austin officer
AUSTIN, Texas – An Austin police officer fatally shot a driver early Tuesday after a series of events that began when the driver pointed a gun at another officer who was off duty at the time, authorities said. The man who was killed was 27-year-old Alexander Gonzales, the Austin Police Department said in a statement. Police Chief Brian Manley said the off-duty officer told authorities he was driving home early Tuesday in his personal vehicle when another driver cut him off. That officer said the driver then pointed a gun at him, so he fired into the vehicle, Manley said. Both have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with Austin Police Department policy.
San Antonio police to begin releasing footage after officers shoot people
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department this month will join most other major law enforcement departments in Texas in releasing footage when its officers shoot people, according to records obtained Friday by the KSAT 12 Defenders. The critical incident video release policy will not pertain to officers shooting animals, unintentional discharges during pre-shift equipment checks or during training qualifications on the firing range, the memo states. Information pertaining to minors, including recordings, will not be released, McManus wrote. There’s a lot of conflicting accounts that really can only be settled once there is some viewing of video,” Nirenberg told the Defenders in September. At the time, Nirenberg said his preference was to release footage soon after the shootings take place.
Family of Charles Roundtree, teen killed by SAPD, raises questions as new footage surfaces
It’s been more than two years since 18-year-old Charles “Chop” Roundtree was shot and killed by San Antonio Police Department Officer Steve Casanova. The fatal encounter — from the moment Officer Casanova approached the porch until he fired two shots into the home — was less than 45 seconds. So how did you feel threatened?”The Roundtree family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the San Antonio Police Department. City Attorney Andy Segovia released the following statement:“This case has been thoroughly investigated and presented to the grand jury, which declined to indict Officer Casanova. The video, which news outlets have previously aired publicly, depicts Officer Casanova responding to a residence in response to an assault call.
1 Houston police officer killed, another wounded; suspect shot and in custody
HOUSTON – A Houston police officer was killed and a teenager and another officer were wounded Tuesday morning when a man opened fire on law enforcement responding to a domestic disturbance call, authorities said. Harold Preston was shot multiple times, including in the head, and died at a hospital, Acevedo said. Officer Courtney Waller was shot in the arm and is in stable condition at a hospital, he said. Acevedo said he expects Manzano to be charged with murder and that police have repeatedly responded to domestic calls at the home. Acevedo said Manzano has an extensive criminal history but declined to provide details.
Man shot by deputies after vehicle chase, Hays County Sheriff’s Office says
HAYS COUNTY, Texas – A man was shot by deputies following an attempted traffic stop and vehicle chase Monday night, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said. According to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy tried to get the vehicle to stop, but the vehicle instead sped off. Hays County deputies and officers with the Buda Police Department chased the vehicle until it was finally disabled on South Loop 4 near Interstate Drive, just south of the Buda city limits, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said. One of the law enforcement officers shot the driver, hitting him several times, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said. No deputies or officers were hurt in the incident.
Bexar County announces creation of Civil Rights Division to handle shootings by officers
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales on Friday announced the creation of a new civil rights division that will focus specifically on in-custody deaths, police shootings and excessive force cases involving area law enforcement personnel. The DA’s special crimes division had previously handled cases when officers and deputies shot or killed someone. Christine Del Prado, the head of that division, revealed Friday the unit has 23 pending cases, 11 of them involving death. Gonzales, however, declined to commit to creating a video release policy for cases when officers and deputies shoot people. We will continue to provide all evidence and cooperate with these investigations as we always have.”Map: Every shooting by law enforcement officers in Bexar County in 2020
Mother of 6-year-old killed by BCSO deputies speaks on continued fight for justice
SAN ANTONIO – The mother of Kameron Prescott is continuing to fight for justice nearly there years after her son’s untimely death. Ruby, Kameron’s mother, addressed the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court on Tuesday about her son. Kameron, 6, was hit and killed by a stray bullet when Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies were in pursuit of Amanda Jones in 2017. Jones was wanted for car theft and led deputies on a foot chase, ending up in front of Kameron’s home. Read also:Father of Kameron Prescott shares heartbreaking details of 6-year-old’s shooting death by deputiesDeputies involved in fatal shooting of Kameron Prescott won’t face charges
Suspect shot by Leon Valley police after running over officer charged
LEON VALLEY, Texas – A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with a police-involved shooting early Monday morning that left him critically wounded after he ran over a police officer with his vehicle, Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said. Salvaggio said the officers suspected that Travis Ozuniga was driving drunk when they tried to stop him around 2:45 a.m. on Peachtree Street near Huebner Road. One of the officers asked Ozuniga to step out of the car more than 30 times to test him for suspected intoxication but he repeatedly refused, Salvaggio said. The injured officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. Ozuniga is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer by deadly weapon, but more charges are pending, Salvaggio said.
Leon Valley police shoot driver after he allegedly ran over officer
LEON VALLEY, Texas – Leon Valley police say an officer shot and wounded a driver who intentionally ran over another officer with his car early Monday morning. According to Leon Valley’s Chief of Police Joseph Salvaggio, the officers believe the man was driving while intoxicated and pulled over his car. He says soon after the driver refused to cooperate and it wasn’t long before things turned especially violent. The door came open and then he intentionally reversed it and ran over the officer.”A second officer fired the shots that hit the man, Salvaggio said. As of early Monday morning, police had not released the names of the officer or the suspect.
Map: Every shooting by law enforcement officers in Bexar County in 2020
So far this year, Bexar County has recorded 20 instances of a peace officer shooting a civilian, 11 of which have been fatal. Last year, 18 people were shot in Bexar County by peace officers. Since 2016, a total of 90 people have been shot by members of law enforcement agencies in Bexar County. A total of 15 peace officers have been shot by civilians in Bexar County since 2016; two of those were fatal. Of the 11 fatal shootings by officers in 2020, nine involved SAPD officers while BCSO deputies fired the shots in the other two incidents.
SAPD identifies officer and suspect he shot at NE Side home
In 2017, Zuniga was booked on a possession charge and later given deferred adjudication, clearing his name. Original:The San Antonio Police Department on Tuesday released the names of the officer and the suspect he shot at a home on the city’s Northeast Side. According to an email from SAPD, Officer Matthew Sparks was the officer who shot 38-year-old Antolin Zuniga, at a home in the 4100 block of Tropical Drive early Monday morning. Police Chief William McManus said Sparks was one of two officers who responded to the home for a domestic violence call. Moments later, Sparks shot Zuniga.
Should district attorneys play a bigger role in releasing police shooting videos?
The district attorney’s offices for the counties that include major police departments in Texas tend to take tentative approaches to releasing footage of officers shooting suspects, a months-long investigation by the KSAT 12 Defenders found. These agencies, which handle prosecutions of officers if and when they are charged in connection to a shooting, also have the authority to release footage from these incidents. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office “does not have a formal policy for the release of dash camera and body-worn camera footage,” a spokesperson in the DA’s office told KSAT. Officials in Travis County, citing the pending investigation exemption, declined to release footage of the shooting death of Fred Babcock last September by Austin Police officers. “Yes, it does surprise me and that’s not a good thing,” said Reamey, when asked if he was surprised prosecutors in large Texas counties have not created policies laying out how police shooting footage will be released.
As major Texas departments press forward with releasing police shooting footage, SAPD remains in neutral
WARNING: The links below include footage of fatal shootings that some viewers may find disturbingWhat other departments are doingIn the Metroplex, major police departments release footage within days of officers shooting a suspect. Many large police departments in Texas now release footage after officers shoot someone. (KSAT)The Austin Police Department instituted a footage release policy at the start of June. Mayor Ron Nirenberg has publicly called for SAPD to create a video release policy for police shootings. Reamey said departments should have at the very least a working framework on how and when to release officer shooting footage.
Neighbor recalls moments leading up to Northeast Side man being shot by officer
“We heard (someone say) ‘SAPD!’ There were a couple of knocks and then we heard, ‘Gun! San Antonio police shoot man holding gun at Northeast Side homeIt was his neighbor who had been wounded, shot by a police officer. An ambulance waits to take the man to a hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds. (KSAT 12 News)Chief William McManus later told reporters the officer who fired his weapon was one of two who responded to a call for domestic violence. Several neighbors, including Martinez, told KSAT12 they had never witnessed any trouble at the home.
San Antonio police shoot man holding gun at Northeast Side home
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer shot and wounded a man who reportedly was holding a gun at a Northeast Side home Monday morning. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the officer was one of two who were responding to a domestic violence call at the home, located on Tropical Drive near Palm Bay Drive. As she was talking to them, a man came around the corner inside the home with a gun in his hand asking, “Who the (expletive) is that?,” McManus said. At some point after that, one of the officers drew his gun and fired at the man, he said. The man was shot “more than once, maybe twice,” McManus said.
Family of man killed by San Antonio police counted 51 bullet holes at home, says he had mental health issues
SAN ANTONIO – The family of Victor Sanchez, the 44-year-old shot and killed on Tuesday by San Antonio police officers, has more questions than answers following the shooting at their apartment complex. Baron said Sanchez fired one gunshot into the ground to scare away any possible intruder, and Sanchez told her and the kids to run outside. Six officers shot at Sanchez, striking him multiple times. Baron said he may have been suffering a mental health episode during the exchange with police and wished things had played out differently. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has vowed to review the shooting footage, but there is no word on if or when it will be released.
Law enforcement officers in Bexar County have shot, killed more people in 2020 than 2019, records show
SAN ANTONIO – With more than three months left in 2020, more people have been shot and killed in Bexar County by law enforcement officers than 2019, according to state records and analysis by KSAT. Last year, 18 people were shot in Bexar County by peace officers. Since 2016, a total of 90 people have been shot by members of law enforcement agencies in Bexar County. A total of 15 peace officers have been shot by civilians in Bexar County since 2016; two of those were fatal. At least four police shootings in Bexar County are not reflected in those records because they occurred within the last 30 days.
Civil rights attorney disputes BCSO’s claim that combat veteran was suicidal
Civil rights attorney disputes BCSO’s claim that combat veteran was suicidalPublished: September 1, 2020, 6:23 pmAttorneys for the family of Damian Daniels met Tuesday with Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales to demand justice over the shooting death of combat veteran Damian Daniels by a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
WATCH LIVE: Jacob Blakes family holds community gathering in Kenosha
KENOSHA, Wisconsin The family of Jacob Blake will host a peaceful community gathering Tuesday at the site of the police-involved shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the same day that President Donald Trump visits that community. A Kenosha police officer shot Blake in the back Aug. 23, leaving the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed. Protesters have marched in Kenosha every night since Blakes shooting, with some protests devolving into unrest that damaged buildings and vehicles. Authorities say a teenager from northern Illinois shot and killed two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday night. Blake was shot after three Kenosha officers responded to a domestic dispute call.
San Antonio man indicted for attempted capital murder of a police officer
SAN ANTONIO – A man who was shot and wounded by San Antonio police officers after allegedly opening fire at them has been indicted on a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer. Michael Deangelo Hogan’s case will be tried in the 144th District Court, according to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. Hogan, 52, shot at SAPD Officer Stephanie Cherry on April 23 as she was responding to a report of a burglary in progress at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Westward Drive, according to SAPD Chief William McManus. Suspect shot twice after opening fire on SAPD officer, chief says“Struck it about four times, blew out the passenger window, hit the computer,” McManus said. I don’t know how (the officer) was not hit.”A second officer who arrived on the scene fired shots that hit Hogan in his leg and upper body.
Man wounded in officer-involved shooting was out on bond, records show
SAN ANTONIO – A man who was shot and wounded by San Antonio police officers after allegedly firing at them first was out on bond at the time in connection with another criminal case. Michael Deangelo Hogan, 52, had been arrested in January on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, online records show. According to Police Chief William McManus, Hogan immediately began shooting at an officer as she drove up to an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Westward Drive. “The lady that’s in the office came down here and said (Hogan) came in there. He said the one who fired the shots at Hogan had been out of the police academy for four months.
Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting after trying to break into ex-girlfriend’s apartment shot self, SAPD says
SAN ANTONIO – Updated April 13:A man who police said shot at officers and his ex-girlfriend fatally killed himself during a firefight with officers, a police report said. According to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office, Andre Christian, 38, shot himself in the chest, the report said. Previously:A 38-year-old suspect was killed early Sunday after an officer-involved shooting at the San Miguel Apartments in the 5000 block of Texana Drive, according to San Antonio police. Police were called to the apartment complex around 12:45 a.m. for a burglary in progress and discovered the suspect was trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. The officer, who was not injured in the shooting, will be put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
‘They did what they had to’: Woman says officer-involved shooting of mother’s boyfriend was justified
The woman who witnessed the shooting from feet away is opening up about a difficult subject. The woman didn’t want to be identified, but she said she felt it was important to share the full story. She believes police were justified in shooting the man whom she cared for and with whom she lived. The woman and her mother both said Rodriguez was never abusive and was never on drugs around them. Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified by officials“They told us it was meth, that he was on meth.
Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified by officials
SAN ANTONIO – Richard Rodriguez, 45, has been identified as the man who was killed Saturday morning in an officer-involved shooting on the West Side. Video of officer-involved shooting appears to contradict San Antonio police chief’s initial claimsA woman called San Antonio police around 6 a.m. to report a disturbance in the 300 block of Concio Drive. ORIGINAL STORY - SAPD: Suspect killed after officer-involved shooting on West SideTwo responding officers went inside for the woman, whose mother was not home, after she told police Rodriguez was acting irrationally. The officers then fired several gunshots that hit and killed Rodriguez. Chief McManus said the two officers involved in the shooting have approximately nine years of tenure within the department, according to a previous report from KSAT.