SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two San Antonio Police Department patrol officers critically wounded an armed suspect in a four-plex north of downtown early Saturday morning.
The officers reportedly responded about 2:15 a.m. to a call about a disturbance in the 400 block of West Magnolia where they confronted a white male believed to be in his 50s, wielding a combat-style knife.
“We’re not quite sure exactly what happened,” Police Chief William McManus said at the scene.
“We have not pieced it all together yet. But what we do know is we got a call for a disturbance with a knife. Officers arrived on the scene; two officers entered the apartment.”
“There was an individual inside the apartment that had a combat knife and refused to drop it — again, this is preliminary information — the one officer pulled a Taser, and at some point, fired that Taser at the suspect. Shortly thereafter, the second officer fired his service weapon, struck the suspect multiple times in the upper torso.”
The suspect, whose name had not been released as of Saturday night, was taken to University Hospital where he remained in critical condition late Saturday.
Police said another man, who is the son of the woman who lives in the unit, was in the apartment at the time. McManus said the son, whose name was not released, may have been the one who called 911 to report the disturbance.
A neighbor who reportedly talked with the son Saturday morning said the son told him the man was a stranger who had broken into the apartment and was ransacking it.
The chief said the officer who shot the suspect is a recent graduate of the police academy and he has been placed on administrative duty, per policy in an officer-involved shooting. The officer’s name had not been released as of Saturday night.