SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Police shot a man while respondng to a call for domestic violence on the city's west side of town.
This happened on the 3100 block of Culebra Road just across from St. Mary's University around 2 a.m. Friday morning.
We were briefed by Chief William McManus and he stressed that this is all preliminary information, as he has not had an opportunity to review the body camera footage yet. This is just what he has been told by officers after he arrived at the scene.
Police say they responded to a call about domestic violence from a woman who said she was "pistol-whipped" by her boyfriend and called for help.
When officers showed up at the apartment, the door was open and the suspect was holding a gun. He turned towards the police officer and pointed the gun at him. That officer reportedly fired twice at the suspect, who police say is 19 years old.
Chief McManus says the man was shot at twice, but only hit once in the upper body. He was taken to University Hospital where at last check he was in surgery.
This is the sixth shooting involving SAPD in the past three weeks. No officers were injured in this shooting.
The officer who shot the man is a six-year veteran with the department. He will be placed on administrative duty per SAPD policy while they investigate.
We did speak with the victim of the domestic violence incident. She says the information police told us was correct.
“I called police right away, whenever I felt me and my son were being harmed. I was doing what I could to protect me and my son in my house.”
She says the suspect was drunk and had pistol whipped her.
“I was in the restroom when the police came in and said show me your hands, show me your hands. I knew what he was going to do. I knew he was going to point the gun at them.”
The victim says the suspects gun didn’t have bullets loaded. She says she told police when she called for help, and is disappointed all of this happened. She says she hopes this is a wake up call for everyone, that guns are not a joke, and nothing to play with.
“I don’t blame them. They were protecting themselves. They couldn’t have known there were no bullets in the gun, just from me telling them that.”
This is a developing story.
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