San Antonio, TX – A San Antonio police officer was shot in the hand during a gunfight after a traffic stop that left two suspects dead and another wounded.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on April 16 when an officer made a traffic stop on a pickup truck in the 2300-block of Pinn Road on the West Side, KSAT reported.
Chief McManus stressed that the investigatory findings were very preliminary but said he had viewed the officer’s bodycam of the incident without audio.
The police chief said bodycam showed the officer, a five-year veteran of the San Antonio police force, approached the vehicle and had a “casual conversation” with the driver, KSAT reported.
Then all of a sudden, the driver pulled out a gun and started shooting at the officer.
Chief McManus said the officer was shot once in the hand and once in his radio, KSAT reported.
The police chief said the officer returned fire and fatally shot both the driver and the passenger.
“Actually he managed to do a reload – my understanding is the firearm had a malfunction and he was able to reload in a pretty quick time,” Chief McManus told reporters, acknowledging that it had to be very difficult for the wounded officer after having been shot in the hand.
He said a female passenger was also shot in the torso but she survived and was transported to the hospital, KSAT reported.
Chief McManus said the attempted murder of the officer was shocking.
“The surprising thing to me was the conversation at the door… very casual,” he explained.
The police chief said he didn’t know why the driver had pulled a gun on the officer, KTUL reported.
The identities of the wounded officer and the suspects have not been released to the public.
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Nearby elementary schools, including Westwood Terrace, Meadow Village, and Cable, and Jones Middle School were placed in a modified lockdown after the incident, KSAT reported.
It was the second officer-involved shooting for San Antonio police in two days.
Police officer yesterday stopped a mass shooter at an airport in San Antonio, saving a lot of lives. I wonder how many similar stories happen every day that aren't widely reported by national media
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A San Antonio Park Police officer on an overtime detail fatally shot an active shooter Thursday, just as the gunman began his attack at the San Antonio Airport.
The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. on April 15 when a man drove into the airport terminal going the wrong way, according to KSAT.
An unidentified park police officer was working an overtime detail at the terminal and he went to confront the driver.
The driver then exited his vehicle and opened fire on the officer and the airport terminal.
The officer responded by shooting the suspect.
The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
One person was injured by possible shrapnel, and another person was injured by being trampled as people fled.
The officer was not injured.
“The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives,” Chief McManus said, according to KIII. “This guy had a full box of ammunition, he had a .45-caliber handgun he was shooting at the direction of the terminal, at the police officer and behind him. We were very lucky not to have a lot of people injured or killed.”
Police believe that the shooter had opened fire from the Highway 281/Loop 1604 overpass earlier in the day.