San Antonio police release name of suspect shot by two officers

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The San Antonio Police Department is releasing the name of the suspect who was shot by two officers last week.

The shooting happened at a motel on the west side after calls came in about a man threatening people with a gun.

Officers arrived at the complex around 8:30 p.m. and they learned the suspect had gone back to his room on the second floor. But investigators say that when the officers knocked on the door, Jose Iruegas, 44, opened it while holding what was later identified as a BB gun. Officer Joshua Nicholson and Ryan Tovar told Iruegas to drop the gun, but police say he instead raised the gun and pointed it at the officers.

The investigation shows that both Nicholson and Tovar opened fire, hitting Iruegas numerous times.

Iruegas was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the officers are both on administrative duty while investigations by the SAPD Shooting Team and the Internal Affairs Unit are completed.

According to Bexar County Court records, Iruegas has previous arrests for assault, drug possession, and burglary.

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