A long standoff between a man in his 60s and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is over.
The standoff began Tuesday night as a mental health check on the man at his home on Saddle Trail off of Boerne Stage Road — and check on the welfare of an 80-something-year-old woman at the home.
It continued until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Texas DPS SWAT personnel was coming in to relieve the Bexar County team.
Sheriff Javier Salazar says DPS put up a drone to get a look at the area. That prompted the man to start shooting the troopers.
That went on for another couple hours as both sides would occasionally exchange gunfire.
A drone operator was able to look inside one of the windows and found someone wounded inside.
Troopers made entry into the home and found the man wounded and the woman dead.
Salazar said the woman had suffered some sort of drama, but it’s not clear how she was killed.
The man was taken to a hospital. Salazar did not know his condition.
The sheriff described the man as homicidal throughout the ordeal.
“We did find several tanks of gas throughout the house that had been — we believe — prepositioned to make them explode,” Salazar explained.
Two sheriff’s deputies were wounded during the lengthy standoff and at least two deputies will be placed on routine administrative leave as is typical after firing a service weapon.
Texas Rangers are taking over the investigation — an effort that’s expected to last well into Thursday.