SAPD chief: Officers shoot, kill man who murdered his wife in Tuesday-night shootout

Chief McManus said the man had shot and killed his wife before taking her car.

SAN ANTONIO — A man who police say murdered his wife was killed by officers trying to arrest him when he opened fire on them outside a northwest-side strip mall, San Antonio officials say. 

No one else was hurt in the exchange of gunfire Tuesday night between the unidentified 32-year-old man and four San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officers who arrived to take him into custody in the area of Vance Jackson and Interstate 10. 

“The officers handled this situation exactly as they were trained,” Police Chief William McManus said at the scene. “They did a good job protecting themselves (while) attempting to apprehend this individual for murdering his wife.”

McManus said police started tracking the man after SAPD conducted a welfare check in the 8600 block of Southwest Loop 410 on Tuesday morning, where they found the 33-year-old woman shot to death. She hasn’t been identified. 

McManus said the suspect then stole her car. It was equipped with OnStar, which allowed police to monitor his location before they arrived to the 1800 block of Vance Jackson on Tuesday night and waited for him to exit a sandwich shop. 

“He entered his vehicle and officers approached him to arrest him, and he immediately opened fire on officers,” McManus said. 

The man was pronounced dead around 9:30 p.m. 

The four officers involved have between three and six years of experience with SAPD. They’re expected to be placed on administrative duty while the investigation continues, per department protocol. 

A KENS 5 crew on the scene observed an SAPD patrol unit with its window shattered and another car with visible bullet holes. 

“There’s always risk involved in this,” McManus said. “But when you have someone shooting multiple rounds at you, you have to return fire to protect yourself and/or a third party.”

A large police presence and homicide investigators remained on the scene as the clock ticked toward midnight. 

This incident marks the 10th shooting involving SAPD officers so far this year. 



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