Deputies responding to riots call to shoot and kill a man after he fired an AR-15 assault rifle, BCSO Sheriff reports

Deputies in Bexar County responded to a domestic violence call on Tuesday night, resulting in the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man outside a home in far northern Bexar County. According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the deputies arrived at a house in the 3700 block of Forsythia, off Bulwerde Road, after learning about a quarrel between a husband and wife around 10:30 p.m.

Upon reaching the home, the deputies found a 41-year-old woman who seemed distraught in the house. The deputies began conversing with her outside the residence when they heard an AR-15 assault rifle being played inside the home. During the interaction, one of the deputies along with the woman took cover between the houses and leaned against the wall while the other provided cover behind a car.

At that moment, the man walked onto the porch and began firing several shots in an unknown direction in quick succession. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) confirmed that the deputy who was pressed against the wall of the house gave orders to the man to drop his weapon, but the man refused and seemed to threaten the deputy again. The deputy then opened fire, wounding the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The BCSO confirmed that the woman and two children in the home were not injured and were safe. The two deputies were placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which included the participation of several agencies.

One of the deputies had nine years of experience, while the other was a three-year BCSO veteran. The BCSO confirmed that the house had previously received several calls about domestic violence. It is worth noting that domestic violence cases have soared during the pandemic, with stay-at-home orders resulting in increased tension between partners.

The incident is currently under investigation, and the BCSO has refused to disclose any further information until the investigation concludes. The shooting highlights the danger of domestic violence calls for law enforcement officers, who are often required to take quick, life-or-death decisions in the face of unpredictable circumstances.

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