SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A standoff with the San Antonio Police Department is over and a man accused of shooting two officers is under arrest.
Police Chief William McManus says the two officers shot are both in the hospital with serious injuries and their current status is unknown. The names of the officers are not being released, but McManus confirms that one has been with the force for six years and the other for four years.
Police got a tip on where the suspect was Thursday afternoon at around 5 p.m. and went to the scene on the South Side. Investigators say the suspect soon got into a car as a passenger and left the scene with what McManus described as a “long gun.”
Chief McManus says the suspect soon realized he was being followed by police and started shooting at officers. At that point, one officer was hit before an SAPD patrol vehicle crashed close to the 100 block of Oriental.
The suspect vehicle then headed to the West Side as the suspect and the driver carjacked another vehicle. Chief McManus says the suspects ended up going into an apartment complex before more gunshots rang out. This is when the second officer was hit and the standoff began near Loop 410 and Highway 90.
After power was cutoff at the location, the armed suspect eventually surrendered to police after 9 p.m.
McManus says the suspect is a “very violent” person who was out on two bonds and was wanted on three warrants prior to Thursday’s shootings.
The suspect is identified as 28-year-old Jesse Garcia, and there is no word on any additional charges.
This is a developing story and more details will be given when possible.
Suspect is in custody!
— Chief Bill McManus (@Chief_McManus) August 25, 2023
Additional reporting by KTSA’s Christian Blood