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SAPD arrest man for pointing a shotgun at officers and neighbors

SAPD responded to the 100 block of Saratoga Drive for reports of man walking down street with weapon around 7:30 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio police are investigating an incident that occurred on Memorial Day on the northwest side of the city.

SAPD was called out to the 100 block of Saratoga Drive around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Witnesses said a man was walking up and down the block, causing a disturbance. Neighbors told KENS 5 he was yelling profanity and waving a weapon around. When police arrived, the man pointed his gun at officers. 

The man didn't fire a weapon at officers, but he was shouting up and down the block and neighbors say they were concerned.

Two officers fired several rounds but no one was hit. 

Police say they have one man, who is in his 40s, in custody and he will be arrested on outstanding warrants. He had minor injuries but refused to be treated by emergency personnel.

SAPD identified 45-year-old Gabriel Fernandez as the suspect. He's charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and violating bond for possessing a firearm.

Officials say he has been living in the vacant home since at least Friday. The house is a "wreck," per Chief McManus. 

"It looks like a tornado ran through it, a bunch of property that appears to be stolen," Chief McManus said.

Chief McManus says homelessness in that neighborhood is a concern, especially since Dellview is so close. 

Neighbors also tell police they've had their utilities breached (i.e. electricity and water). 

Gloria Vina, who was walking her dog Monday morning, says she asked her husband to call 911.

"There’s a daycare next door. It’s a big concern of how much strange activity is going on at that home, and it to be seems abandoned, and people just going in and out," Vina said.

Chief McManus has asked SAFE officers to follow up with code enforcement and then follow up with DART. 

Police will need to get a search warrant to look into the house to see if anyone else was in there. 

A police officer suffered minor injuries to his hand, and officials said there was evidence of shots being fired. 

According to Bexar County court records, Fernandez was most recently charged with criminal trespass of private property on April 6, 2023 and had a $500 bond.

This is the 13th incident involving law enforcement discharging their firearms in San Antonio this year, and the 10th involving SAPD personnel. 



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