David Saleh Rauf - Express-News
Deputy Roger Salinas fired once, striking 19-year-old Andres Gutierrez — riding unrestrained and in the front seat while being driven to a San Antonio hospital for a psychological evaluation — in the left side of his torso.
It was “to the point the deputy said he was going to go unconscious,” said San Antonio Police Lt. Gabe Trevino, a police spokesman.
So Salinas, who police said feared for his life, shot Gutierrez. Salinas's status as a deputy was not released Monday night.
Salinas was taken to University Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which included a black eye and a bloody mouth, Trevino said.
“The deputy is pretty beat up in his facial area,” Trevino said.
“That's a policy decision on the part of that department,” he said.
The Frio County Sheriff's Office did not return phone calls Monday.
But he stressed: “If there's a cage they're going in the back seat.”
Reached by telephone Monday, his sister said Gutierrez had been involved in a traffic accident a few years ago that left him mentally disabled. And while the circumstances that led to Gutierrez' detention Monday remain unclear, she said he had asked to be taken to a San Antonio hospital that day for treatment.
“From there I don't what happened,” said Crystal Gutierrez, adding that her mother and father were “taking it really hard right now.”