SAPD: Officers shoot, kill armed man in wheelchair

SAPD: Officers shoot, kill armed man in wheelchair

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SAPD: Officers shoot, kill armed man in wheelchair

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by Kens5.com

KENS 5

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 12:16 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- A wheelchair-bound man was shot and killed by police officers Thursday night in a west-side neighborhood, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Ruiz St., near N. Sabinas Street, outside downtown for some sort of disturbance involving a firearm.

Upon arrival, investigators said they came across a man in a wheelchair who had shot another man in the back of the head. Two SAPD officers then noticed the man was still clutching a cocked revolver in his lap.

The officers reportedly asked the suspect to drop his weapon multiple times, but he remained uncooperative, according to chief William McManus. That's when the officers felt compelled to use force and open fire.

The man was struck several times in the torso. He was transported to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Police at the scene said the man appeared to be in his mid-40s.

The victim who was shot in the head was also taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

McManus said both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. One officer has only been on the force for one year; the other is a five-year veteran with SAPD.

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