UPDATE: One of the brothers wanted in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer has been located in Mexico and relatives in San Antonio were detained for questioning Thursday night.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said 30-year-old Sijifredo Montemayor was wounded Wednesday afternoon after a Balcones Heights police officer was shot and a second officer returned fire. Salazar believes Sijifredo was in Mexico hours after the shootout seeking medical treatment at a hospital in Tamaulipas. Sijifredo concocted a story about being accidentally shot by his brother and told his family he didn’t want to go to a local hospital because questions would be asked.
While Sijifredo is being detained in Mexico, Salazar doesn’t know the severity of his wounds or how long he’ll have to remain hospitalized.
Sijfredo was driving a pickup truck that was pulled over by Balcones Heights Police Sgt. Joey Sepulveda Wednesday afternoon. His brother, Wilifredo Montemayor, is accused of shooting Sepulveda.
Warrants were executed Thursday evening at the home where the brothers live with their parents and other siblings. Deputies also seized a white vehicle at the home as part of the investigation.
Salazar believes the parents helped their son get across the border, but investigators are trying to determine whether they knew he was involved in the shooting of Sgt. Sepulveda or were duped into believing that he was accidentally shot.
Salazar believes Wilifredo is in the San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Two brothers wanted in connection with the shooting of a Balcones Heights police sergeant have been identified.
The search continues for 27-year-old Wilifredo Montemayor, who’s believed to be the shooter, and 30-year-old Sijifredo Montemayor, who’s identified as the driver. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar is urging them to turn themselves in and surrender peacefully.
BCSO is working with various law enforcement agencies, including ATF, the U.S. Marshal’s office and Border Patrol. Salazar believes the pair could try to flee to Mexico.
“They have connections to South Texas border towns, so our thought is that if they have connections with somebody that far south, then that somebody may have connections south of the border,” said Salazar.
He also issued a stern warning to anyone who may be harboring the brothers.
“If you’ve got these folks holed up in your house, you’re putting your own family at risk of a BCSO SWAT team showing up or a federal agency showing up at your home,” Salazar warned.
A man wearing a Spurs jersey in a photo released by BCSO has been questioned by deputies. He was let go and no charges have been filed against him in this case.
Balcones Heights Police Sgt. Joey Sepulveda, who was shot in the neck and shoulder, is said to be improving after undergoing surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center. He was critically wounded Wednesday afternoon after stopping a suspicious truck at the Sol Apartments on IH 10 near Loop 410 .