Gunfire strikes SAPD headquarters; police seeking shooter

SAN ANTONIO -- Multiple gunshots were fired at the San Antonio Police headquarters building Saturday night, and police are seeking a suspect who was seen running from the area, SAPD Chief William McManus said late Saturday night.

The shots were fired just before 10 p.m. Saturday. There were no reports of injuries.

Bullet marks were found on the exterior wall of the building, and shell casings were discovered in a nearby alley, McManus said.

"It's been shot at before, but not in close relationship with anything like what's happened in Dallas, and we are not going to be targets," McManus said. "We are not going to allow our officers to be targets. This is not open season on police officers here in San Antonio or anywhere else. We're not going to allow that to happen."

The area near the building in the 300 block of South Santa Rosa was closed off as the investigation continued into the overnight hours. Several police cars were seen at a nearby corner blocking access to the area.

One person was detained near the building, but McManus said that person was not a suspect. Police are still looking for a man seen running southbound away from the headquarters building. He was wearing an orange shirt and blue pants.

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McManus said a car was found near the crime scene, and it was believed that it could be connected to the shooting. The SAPD Bomb Squad checked the vehicle just after midnight to make sure it was clear. The chief later said the car was no longer under investigation.

This incident comes as police departments nationwide are on edge following the shooting of 12 police officers in Dallas.

"It's alarming right now," McManus said. "It's not the first time our building has been shot at, but it's too coincidental that it's around the time that officers are being threatened around the country."

McManus said his officers would be on high alert following the incident, but he declined to talk at length about steps officers are taking to protect themselves amid heightened concerns of violence against police.

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