Brian Chasnoff - Express-News
In the firefight, Officer Jeremy Swindells, a seven-year member of the Police Department, was struck once in the leg. He was taken to Wilford Hall Medical Center in good condition.
Police Chief William McManus said police would investigate the far West Side shootings but added that the officer's use of deadly force appeared justified.
“I'll say this, when an officer is being beaten by an asp, yes, (deadly force) is an appropriate response,” McManus said. “That asp, if used in the head area and certain other areas, can be deadly.”
As the officer was writing a police report in the front yard, a Toyota pickup passed in the street — the same truck that had been stolen in the burglary. The resident alerted the officer, who got into his patrol car and began a pursuit.
Andy Sanchez, 58, was walking his dog in the area and saw one of the fleeing suspects.
“He passed right by me,” Sanchez said. “He was running, jumping fences. As soon as he started jumping fences, I heard gunfire. A lot of gunfire.”
“At some point during the handcuffing, the suspect managed to get his hands on the officer's asp,” McManus said.
Struck in the lower left leg, the officer managed to crawl for cover and return fire, hitting the second suspect in the torso, police said.
“We heard one fire, and then like a couple of seconds later we heard like about eight shots or so,” Vega said.
Monday's incident was at least the seventh time San Antonio officers have shot suspects in the line of duty this year and the fourth to result in a fatality. Police shot eight people, killing five, last year.