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Man accused of killing woman before standoff with police

The Medical Examiner said the woman had multiple blunt force trauma to her head.

SAN ANTONIO — A man was in a standoff with the San Antonio Police Department on the city's southwest side.

The incident started around 10 p.m. Thursday at a home on Bright Valley. Authorities said the standoff ended around noon.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus spoke to KENS 5 regarding the standoff. He said on Friday morning that one person died and the suspect barricaded himself inside the home.

Authorities said the suspect, later identified as 58-year-old Rene Devora, called a person and told them he hurt his roommate and was going to harm himself, or force officers to shoot him.

Chief McManus said that person called police and asked for a welfare check to the home. When officers arrived, they looked through the window and reportedly saw the suspect trying to cut himself in the neck with what appeared to be a box cutter.

Police later sent out a report saying that during the de-escalation process, police gathered that a woman, who had been reportedly injured by the suspect, was found dead inside a vehicle.

Officers coordinated with Kirby police and they found the victim dead inside the car in the 5500 block of Old Seguin Road.

Officers with the Special Operations Unit deployed tactics and were able to enter the home. The suspect was found to be the only person inside. 

The suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted injuries. 

On Saturday morning, KENS 5 obtained an affidavit. The document said a person told authorities that Devora had "snapped." Police were able to talk to Devora on the phone during the standoff. That's when Devora reportedly confessed to killing the victim, a woman in her 40s, and placed her in the trunk of her car.

He reportedly said he drove the victim's vehicle to an unknown location on the northeast side with her body in the trunk. Authorities obtained a search warrant and found the victim in the vehicle.

The Medical Examiner said the woman had multiple blunt force trauma to her head. Devora is now being charged with murder.

Several units were outside the house as our KENS 5 crew was at the scene:

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