Man Shot by San Antonio Police Officer

According to KSAT12, a man was shot and killed by a San Antonio police officer after responding to a domestic incident at a residence on the city’s West Side. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the officers arrived at the home in the 1100 block of Plaza Del Sol, for threats made against a 15-year-old. Both officers entered the home and then heard gunshots; the officers backed out of the home and waited for back up. The suspect fled the home by the time back up arrived at the scene. The officers tried to talk the man into dropping his gun, but raised it towards them; one officer fired and killed him. No one else was hurt by the officer’s gunfire or by shots that the suspect fired. A woman and two other children, ages 10 and 12-years-old were inside the house at the time of the incident. There was no report about injuries from the assailants fired shots, but no other injuries or fatalities were reported.

Luckily no one else was injured in this situation; there could have been many more fatalities in this scenario. Thanks to the training and quick thinking of the officers involved, no innocent people were seriously hurt.

 Domestic Violence Statistics:

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

 

Domestic Violence Lawyers

In the first three months of 2017, a total of 226 charges of assault were reported by the police in one North Texas.  Out of those, 126 were domestic disturbances.

On Jan. 21 a total of seven assaults were reported, this being the highest number, followed by March 15 when six assaults were reported. February had at least one case per day, other than Feb. 9, when an assault did happen, but it didn’t involve a family.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.”

When many Police and Sheriff’s offices receive 9-1-1 call for a domestic disturbance, two officers are normally sent automatically. These calls are classified as “priority, ” and in cases when the line gets interrupted, another office is responsible for calling back to try and reach the victim.

The San Antonio Police Department’s weekly crime report reveals that there were 8,134 calls for family violence in 2015 from January through Sept. 24. This year, there have been 8,596 calls, a 5.7 percent increase.

“It takes seven times for a woman to finally say, ‘Yes. Either I leave, or I’m going to be killed,’” “Realizing that yes, it’s progressive. That the man that she stays with on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday is the same one that hits her and abuses her and her children on Saturday and Sunday.”

If you or someone you know is suffering in a domestically violent situation, Please call our offices and make an appointment for a free consultation.  Don’t become a statistic.  We are here to help.