SAPD Officer Shoots, Kills Suspect on Loop 410

by Morgan Montalvo

WOAI News

An afternoon scuffle with San Antonio  police turned deadly for a man who investigators say was a known vehicle  burglar, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The incident unfolded shortly after 2 p.m.  on a rain-soaked north side access road, and ended with the suspect  dead, the officer who shot him on routine administrative leave, and a  second officer shaken but uninjured despite having  his Taser turned on him by the suspect.

Police Chief William McManus says a citizen  spotted someone acting suspiciously while taking a license plate off of  a Cadillac on the eastbound access road of Northeast Loop 410 near the  IH-35 interchange and called police. Two  officers arrived and confronted the individual. 

McManus said when one of the patrolmen tried to handcuff the combative suspect, the officer reached for his Taser.

"He Tased the individual; it had no effect.  He actually then took the Taser from the officer and Tased the  officer," said McManus.

"At the same time he was reaching into his  pocket where he had a knife," said McManus. "The cover officer fired  multiple shots at him, and he was deceased on the scene."

The dead man's name was not immediately  released, although McManus described him as being in his mid-30s and  known to North Patrol officers as a confirmed vehicle burglar.

McManus says the officer who was Tased is a 14-year department veteran. The patrolman suffered no other injuries, McManus said.

San Antonio Police Chief William Manus  speaks with reporters from near the scene of a Wednesday afternoon  officer-involved shooting that left a vehicle theft suspect dead. 

Photo by Morgan Montalvo

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