SAPD Officer Fires Weapon at Car Theft Suspects

A San Antonio Police Officer fired a shot at a car theft suspect in the parking lot of a northwest side motel today after he attempted to back the car into her and her partner, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Chief Bill McManus says the officers were on 'directed patrol,' meaning they were patrolling for a specific type of crime, in this case auto theft, when they identified a stolen car in the parking lot of the motel on Laureate St, which is near I-10 and Fredericksburg.

McManus says when the officers approached the car, there were two men inside, and the driver threw the car in reverse in an apparent attempt to run over the officers.

"As the officers got right up into the door wells, the driver threw the car into reverse, trapping the officers," he said. "they were trapped between their patrol car, and the open doors of the vehicles."

He says the officer fired one shot, which struck the stolen car but didn't hit anybody. The suspects immediately surrendered. McManus says one man had a gun in his waistband, but didn't use it to threaten the officers.

When they went into the motel room where the suspects were staying, they got another shock.

"There were two females, and two young children, two and three years old," he said.

The two men in the car, and one man in the motel room, who had an active felony warrant, were arrested. The children are being placed with Child Protectiver Services.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the officer who fired is on desk duty, which is normal for situations like this.

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