Two Bexar deputies accused of threatening to “shoot up” bar that kicked them out
Two Bexar County deputies who were kicked out of a Northwest Side bar last week are accused of threatening to “shoot up the place” and “kill people.”
Detention Corporal Edmundo Renteria was placed on unpaid administrative leave in connection with “an off-duty incident,” a BCSO official said Monday.
Officials did not identify the second deputy or whether he would face a reprimand similar to Renteria’s.
According to a San Antonio police report, two men who identified themselves as BCSO deputies went into Deol Bar 1, 6851 N Loop 1604, early on Dec. 12.
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Inside the bar, witnesses said the two showed their badges to patrons and passed out Bexar County Junior Deputy stickers. The stickers are often used during community outreach events, officials said.
The deputies, one of whom identified themselves as a supervisor, drank until they became intoxicated, witnesses told police.
Both deputies offered a woman $20 for her “services,” which she took as proposition for sex, the report said.
Security guards asked the men to leave the bar, after which witnesses reported they walked to the parking lot of a nearby Taco Cabana.
They returned to the bar and confronted several witnesses and staff, saying that they would “shoot up the place” and “kill people,” the report stated.
The two then left the scene in a white pickup, investigators said.
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In the aftermath of the accusations, Sheriff Javier Salazar revoked Renteria’s peace officer license. Officials said having a peace officer’s license is not a requirement of Renteria’s job, but that having it is a privilege.
His credentials and department-issued equipment also were seized, authorities said. Renteria has been with the department for four years working at the main jail.
“We hold ourselves to a higher standard, in accordance with the expectations of the public we serve,” Salazar said. “We are assisting the SAPD with all aspects of this investigation, and will handle it as swiftly and severely as possible, if the allegations are proven.”
The sheriff’s office public integrity unit is helping police with their investigation. BCSO’s internal affairs unit is conducting a separate, but concurrent administrative investigation.
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