SWAT standoff at motel over; suspect in officer's shooting now in custody

SWAT standoff at motel over; suspect in officer's shooting now in custody

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SWAT standoff at motel over; suspect in officer's shooting now in custody

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by KENS 5 staff

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 6:12 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- After a day-long standoff with SWAT officers, a suspect wanted for allegedly shooting a San Antonio police officer in the head Monday morning, is now in custody, according to a KENS 5 reporter at the scene.

SAPD sent out a tweet at 2:48 p.m. that read:

"The Motel Standoff suspect has surrendered and is in custody. No injuries to the suspect or any additional officers. Good work by SAPD SWAT negotiators and patrol!"

"This came to the conclusion, we wanted it to. He came out safe and unarmed," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.

McManus said a handgun was found in the room where the suspect had barricaded himself. The chief also confirmed that there were no other people inside the room with the suspect.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene in the 1600 block of North St. Mary's Street just before 8 a.m. Monday.

The area of investigation is centered around a Super 8 motel.

According to initial reports from SAPD, the officer, an 8-year veteran, was struck in the head after a 37-year-old suspect fired through a door. McManus confirmed Monday afternoon that the door was open when the suspect fired at the officer.

More than one round was fired at the officer, at least two, according to McManus.

San Antonio Police Officers Association President Mike Helle confirmed to KENS 5 the injured officer is Aaron Terrazas, 34.

McManus said an off-duty officer transported the injured officer to San Antonio Military Medical Center. McManus said the officer is in stable condition and is "resting comfortably."

McManus said officers have had little contact with the alleged shooter.

"We are trying to contact him, in hopes he will come out," McManus said. "He (the suspect) has a history with us."

A couple evacuated from the motel told KENS 5 they heard a disturbance just before the shooting.

The call came in at around 7:53  a.m. as a family disturbance incident. Traffic in the area is affected due to the investigation.  Interstate 35 South is closed between Binz-Engleman and I-37.

Providence High School and Central Catholic High School were placed on lockdown, officials said.  Parents picking up students from Central Catholic High School were directed to arrive south on St. Mary's and turn left on Augusta.

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