Two SAPD Officers Shot and One Suspect Killed

 

Two SAPD Officers Shot and One Suspect Killed During Firefight

KSAT12– Two veteran officers with the San Antonio Police Department were shot in the line of duty Thursday. The two officers were on directed patrol, looking for specific types of criminal activity, when they responded to a suspicious-person call in the 200 block of West Evergreen Street, just north of downtown.

After noticing two suspicious men walking, the officers parked nearby and prepared to approach the men. “When they exited their vehicle, one of the two people that they were investigating pulled a gun and opened fire,” McManus said,

One officer was shot in the head; the other was shot in the chin. The officer shot in the chin was able to return fire at the suspects. “The one officer went down by the driver door, the one that was shot in the head. The other officer pulled himself from the line of fire to the front of the vehicle and then returned fire himself after being shot in the chin,” McManus said.

That shot killed one suspect and the second suspect was apprehended almost immediately by responding officers. Both SAPD officers were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center where the officer shot in the head is not expected to survive. However, the officer shot in the chin and chest is recovering.

Dangerous Job

Not just one family, but an entire police department is mourning the loss of a family member. Every day that officers put on their uniform, they are putting their life on the line to do their job. They never know what their day will hold. Maybe they will make a few routine traffic stops, or maybe they will be ducking and covering as 9-millimeter rounds whiz past their head. Unpredictability follows police officers wherever they go. It’s part of the job description, and this story is a testament to that.

Crime Statistics

Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
  • The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were also 16 years of age and under.
  • Firearms were also used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
  • There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were also committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet, 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
  • 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
  • There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.

San Antonio Work Injury Lawyers

Officers perform an array of different tasks every day that ensure safety for all people, even criminals. These two officers may have had no idea that these two suspects were as dangerous as they were. The resulting injuries may claim the life of one police officer, and the other will be out of work while he recovers. All in all, most jobs come with their own set of inherent dangers. While most people aren’t being fired upon at their job, they still have to face deadly dangers like heavy machinery, power tools, hazardous chemicals, or elevated workspaces. One slip of the hand or foot could be the difference between going home to see the family or going to the hospital. If you or someone you know has had an accident at work, then contact us for a free initial consultation.