Man killed during Thursday shootout with police identified
A man killed during a shootout with police was identified Friday evening by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Samuel Garcia, 39, was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds at 9:27 a.m. Thursday, according to the medical examiner.
Police said that Garcia was indiscriminately shooting at people and police on the South Side at about 8:45 a.m. as he walked south on Pleasanton Road near Harlandale High School.
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At one point, Garcia aimed at a passing bicyclist, who had to duck for cover behind a VIA bus, police said.
Detective Nicholas Valera and Officer Miguel Saucedo, both 21-year veterans, were two of three nearby officers who responded to the scene.
Garcia fired at one of the cars, striking the windshield and sending glass shards into the officer’s eye, police said. Another bullet is believed to have punctured another car’s tire.
Valera and Saucedo, both 21-year veterans of the force, rushed toward Garcia and fired, striking him in the upper torso.
Garcia was taken to an area hospital where he died.
Police Chief William McManus said it was important for Garcia to be stopped quickly because of the potential for someone else to be shot.
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“The officers displayed a lot of courage by closing the distance on him to try to bring this to an end,” McManus said Thursday. “And they put themselves in danger by doing so.”
The two officers were placed on administrative duty, as is customary.
Garcia’s criminal record includes offenses such as unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated robbery.