According to the city's chief of police, a duty-free San Antonio police station was shot six times after Tuesday's rioting on a gentleman's sports club parking lot had turned into a shootout.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said at a press conference the off-duty officer and a 25-year-old driver drove to the parking lot of Allstars Gentleman's Sports Club off Interstate 10 after the motorist accused the officer of cutting him off. The driver then pulled out a gun and began firing, beating the officer six times in the abdomen.
"There are always disputes and arguments on the street, that does not surprise me, unfortunately it happens enough, too often," he said.
McManus said the officer pulled back to his car to grab his weapon and returned the fire, beating the 25-year-old at least twice. A woman sitting in the driver's car was also scratched in the head.
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The chief added that the authorities are still investigating whose bullet the woman grazed
The officer whose name was not release, an 11-year veteran of the force, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Police told FOX San Antonio to survive his injuries and underwent surgery Wednesday morning
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Authorities are investigating how the incident began But said nothing happened within the gentleman's club.
"I do not know why they moved into this lot," McManus said at a press conference in the evening.
The suspect, whose name was also not released by the police, also undergoes surgery and is listed in a stable condition. The 25-year-old should be accused, according to police, in connection with the shooting.
At least 37 US law enforcement officials have died on duty since the beginning of 2018 – with 24 of them firearms deaths
About 135 police officers died in 2016, making them the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News said found out. While fewer deaths occurred in 2017, the numbers were not much better: a total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of them were caused by gunfire.
Fox News – Madeline Farber contributed to this report.