SAPD releases new info about woman held hostage

Homeless woman held hostage at gunpoint

A 21-year-old woman was freed by officers who shot and killed the man she says held her in an apartment in northeast San Antonio against her will for several days.

On Thursday, police were called to an apartment complex near Harry Wurzbach and Austin Highway. The woman, whom KENS 5 is choosing not to identify, called her mom to say she had been trying to leave the apartment for days. Each time she would try, the man she was staying with, Thad Hale, pointed a rifle at her.

A San Antonio police report says that the woman tried to run away, but Hale "tackled her to the ground, causing a large cut on her arm. The injury was still visible, and looked a few days old" the day officers were there.

Neighbors call the woman's version of events into question, telling KENS 5 that they saw her coming and going in the days before the shooting.

The woman told police that she agreed to stay with Hale for a few days since she is currently homeless, but was trying to leave. On October 27, she was allowed to leave the apartment and called her mother to tell her that she was being held at gun point. The woman’s mother called police.

When officers arrived, they heard a woman screaming. Police kicked in the door.

There was a sheet hanging in the apartment, blocking the officers’ view of the room. When the officer pulled down the sheet, he saw Hale had a rifle. When Hale turned towards the officer, the officer shot the 33-year-old, killing him.

After the shooting, officers say that the 21-year-old woman was bleeding from her head. She told them she was hit in the back of her head with an unknown object and passed out before police arrived.

Both Hale and the woman have had previous run-ins with the law.

(© 2016 KENS)


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