By Pilar Arias and Bill O’Neil
A San Antonio Police Officer is said to be in “grave” condition, another is expected to survive after a shooting in the Downtown area Thursday Afternoon.
One of the officers was shot in the head, the other had a bullet lodge in his upper torso after he was hit in the chin.
It all happened just before 3:30 on West Evergreen–where the officers tried to stop and speak with two men.
“It was a pedestrian contact. They were on directed patrol for street crimes that are occurring in the area” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
At that point, the Chief said one of the two men immediately pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
“One officer was struck in the head area… in the face. The other officer was struck in the upper torso” McManus said.
Officers managed to return fire, critically injuring one of the men who later died at University Hospital. The other was quickly taken in to custody.
The Chief said the incident quickly came to an end. There is no lock down at San Antonio College.
“One was down, one was in custody immediately, so there was no further danger than what occurred during that immediate time of when the shooting was happening” the Chief said.
Both officers were rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment.