SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer who was shot in the hand during a traffic stop on the city’s West Side Friday morning exchanged gunfire with the suspects, leading to the death of two people, according to Police Chief William McManus.
McManus, who stressed that the information he was giving was preliminary, said he had a chance to review the officer’s body camera without audio.
The officer, a five-year veteran with the department, conducted a traffic stop on a pickup occupied by three people in the 2300 block of Pinn Road.
McManus said the officer appeared to have a “casual conversation” with the driver for a few minutes until the driver pulled a gun and fired at the officer, striking him once in the hand and once on his radio.
The officer opened fire as he retreated backward, McManus said, striking and killing the driver and the passenger, both men believed to be in their 20s.
The third passenger, a woman, was shot in the torso and taken to the hospital, McManus said.
“The surprising thing to me was the conversation at the door…very casual,” the chief reiterated.
It’s the second time in two days that a San Antonio officer has opened fire on someone.
On Thursday, a park police officer shot a man who opened fire right outside of the San Antonio International Airport.
The suspect in that case was also believed to be responsible for a shooting earlier that day from a flyover overpass at Highway 281 and Loop 1604.
Police respond to a shooting on Pinn Road on Friday, April 16, 2021.
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