In a recent development, a San Antonio Police officer has been involved in a shooting for the third time in less than a week, resulting in the death of a man. The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday at an apartment complex located on General McMullen and Roselawn, situated on the southwest side of town. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has provided details regarding the incident, stating that the officer shot and killed the man, who was found to be in possession of a gun, following a chase and struggle.
According to Chief McManus, the officer was on patrol at the Winston Square Apartments when he encountered the armed man, identified as 34-year-old Ruben Garcia, who had the firearm concealed in his waistband. It is reported that Garcia was displaying the weapon to another individual at the complex. When the officer attempted to stop him, Garcia fled, with the officer in pursuit. During the chase, the officer attempted to subdue Garcia with a Taser, but it had no effect. A struggle ensued over the gun, and at some point, the officer stepped back and fired his weapon, resulting in the fatality.
Chief McManus has revealed that Garcia had an extensive criminal history, with records indicating 22 previous arrests dating back to 2007. His most recent arrest was on October 4 for drug possession, and he also had another pending case from June for resisting arrest. Garcia was out on bond for both charges. Additionally, Garcia has served time in the past for drug and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Despite his criminal history, friends and family members at the scene expressed their fondness for him and expressed regret over his demise.
Jerry Rodriguez, a friend of Garcia’s, stated that he did not witness the fatal confrontation but hopes that video evidence will be made public soon. The San Antonio Police Department’s policy on officer-involved shootings is to release body camera footage within 30 days. The officer involved in the incident, identified as Officer John Carroll, has not sustained any injuries. However, as per department policy, he has been placed on administrative duty during the ongoing investigation. Officer Carroll has been serving with the San Antonio Police Department for four years.
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As the investigation into this recent shooting incident unfolds, the community eagerly awaits further updates and the release of any available video evidence.