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SAPD: Suspect dies after being shot by police officers

Officers responded to an east-side neighborhood after gunfire at a carwash.

SAN ANTONIO — A shooting suspect has died after an exchange of gunfire with police resulted in him being struck on San Antonio's east side Tuesday afternoon. 

SAPD Chief William McManus said officers responded to the area of Essex and Hackberry after the unidentified suspect shot someone in the leg at a nearby carwash, potentially over money. 

A large contingent of officers were on the scene within a half-hour, some of them with their guns visibly drawn. According to McManus, the suspect ran down the street and stood between two vehicles "shielded by the doors" while trying to evade arrest. 

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McManus says he fired 26 shots from an AR-15 rifle toward police; no officers were hurt, but bullets struck nearby vehicles and homes. 

One officer eventually fired a single shot, hitting the 33-year-old suspect, who McManus said has "an extensive history" with law enforcement. 

"Tactically they handled the situation very, very wisely," McManus said. “This all happened so fast there was no opportunity to do anything other than take cover and neutralize the shooter.”

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SAPD begins securing the scene at Essex and Hackberry on Tuesday afternoon after responding to a potential shooting.

The suspect was taken to the hospital Tuesday in critical condition. Friday, SAPD reported the suspect died. He was identified as 34-year-old Paul Palafox.

This is the sixth shooting involving law enforcement in San Antonio this year, and the fifth involving SAPD officers. 




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