Monday, December 4, 2017

Bexar County Deputy Shoots Teen Driver Who Tried to Run Him Over

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 11:44 AM

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A 17-year-old is in critical condition after he tried to run over a Bexar County deputy with his car, and the deputy shot him.

“If [the driver] survives, he’s facing several serious felony charges. At this point, we don’t know if it’ll be handled as attempted capital murder or aggravated assault on a public servant, but [he's] certainly facing a litany of charges,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told KSAT.

According to a report from the sheriff's office, The incident began at 5:39 a.m. on Sunday, after a person flagged down the deputy, saying they’d been involved in a “road rage” incident near Loop 1604 and Marbach Rd.

The deputy spotted the car matching the description at a nearby dead-end street, and stepped out of his vehicle. The 17-year-old driver in the car turned towards the deputy and drove towards him “at a high rate of speed,” hitting the deputy and his cruiser.

The deputy, who suffered minor injuries, attempted to taser the suspect, but missed, according to the report. Then, he fired his weapon at the car, striking the suspect several times. Despite being shot, the teenager managed to drive away, but the deputy stayed put because he was unable to drive his car after the collision. There was also a 17-year-old female in the passenger seat of the suspect’s car, who was later transported to the hospital with minor injuries, but had not been shot.

When a second patrol unit spotted the suspect and began to follow him, the suspect fled, hitting a 39-year-old woman’s vehicle head-on. The woman was transported to the hospital.

The chase came to an end when the second deputy’s car crashed into the suspect's vehicle.

The deputy who shot at the vehicle was placed on temporary administrative duty pending further investigation.

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