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Elderly Man Fires At Least 100 Rounds At Police After Killing His Roommate

San Antonio, TX – An elderly man accused of murdering his roommate fired off at least 100 rounds at police in just 20 minutes during a chaotic armed standoff early Friday morning.

San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Chief William McManus discussed the incident during a press conference several hours later.

The incident occurred at a residence located in the 4800-block of Ray Bon Drive at approximately 2:30 a.m. on June 9, Chief McManus said.

The SAPD received a call reporting that a man had just killed his roommate, according to the chief.

“When officers showed up at the scene, the man immediately started firing at police,” he said.

The first patrol unit to arrive actually “took about 40 rounds from the suspect,” according to Chief McManus.

Police said the suspect fired from the front door of the house.

The officers in the initial patrol car were able to take cover behind a dumpster.

The chief said every officer who came to the scene wound up being “pinned down” by the gunman, who ended up shooting for approximately 30 minutes.

He estimated five patrol vehicles were all hit by the suspect’s bullets during that timeframe.

“He was shooting everywhere,” Chief McManus said. “In fact, he probably fired – in a 20-minute period – probably over 100 rounds.”

One officer returned fire during the standoff, but the suspect was not hit, Chief McManus said.

The gunman also allegedly opened fire on an armored SWAT vehicle at one point, KENS reported.

Chief McManus said the suspect ultimately fatally shot himself.

“Fortunately, no officers were injured,” he said.

Chief McManus confirmed the suspect’s male roommate was found dead inside the home.

The motive is unknown.

The police chief said the suspect had multiple firearms, including a long gun and a pistol.

His identity was not immediately released, but Chief McManus said he was approximately 72 years old.

The victim’s identity was also not released.

Chief McManus said he is bewildered by the amount of gun violence taking place.

“The last time that I saw as much gun violence was back in Washington, DC, in the late 80s and early 90s, and there was a purpose for that – it was all over drugs and gangs,” he told reporters.

“Today, it seems that at the slightest provocation, people are pulling guns on each other and not afraid to use them,” the police chief continued. “And I don’t know what is causing that. I’ve not seen anything like this.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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