SAN ANTONIO -- Police say a 41-year-old man wanted in six robberies at downtown businesses was shot and killed by detectives on early Wednesday evening, marking the third officer-involved shooting this month.
Helicopter footage taken after the shooting showed about a dozen police cruisers surrounding a taped-off crime scene at the Days Inn on Laredo Street and I-35 South.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the suspect had three aggravated robbery warrants and is wanted in connection to six robberies at downtown businesses.
"They've been looking this guy since January," McManus said.
Police said six officers got word that the suspect was at the Days Inn. They were in the process of serving three felony warrants for his arrest at around 6:30 p.m Wednesday. Authorities said one detective was in the office, another was out back and four more were outside when they spotted the suspect walking out the front door with a .40 caliber.
"When he saw the detective -- detectives -- he shouted, 'Police! Police,'" McManus said. "And at that point the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband."
The suspect fired one shot, police said, before the four undercover detectives fired back, striking him in the chest and killing him instantly. The suspect was pronounced dead at 6:43 p.m.
McManus said the suspect was carrying two fully loaded magazines.
A woman with the suspect was taken in for questioning and later released.
The four detectives who fired at the suspect have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, police said.
Wednesday's shooting marks the third officer-involved shooting in April.
The first occurred on April 4, when a San Antonio police officer fatally shot a 52-year-old man they said swung a machete at the officer during a domestic disturbance in the 11600 block of Sandman Street.
A day later, three policemen opened fire on a 42-year-old man they said was waving a gun and ranting about his girlfriend in a grassy field in the 1500 block of Fitch Street. He was shot in the legs and did not die.