Officer kills suspected robber
Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
A 15-year-old boy suspected of robbing a West Side gas station was shot and killed late Sunday by police when they confronted him in the parking lot and he refused to drop his weapon.
The shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. at a Valero gas station in the 1400 block of Culebra Road, near NW 18th Street. Authorities have not yet released the teen's name.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said two officers with the Tactical Response Unit were patrolling the area when they spotted someone wearing a ski mask running into the convenience store.
Suspecting a robbery, the officers pulled into the parking lot and notified dispatchers.
The teen came running out armed with a handgun. When the officers ordered him to stop and drop his weapon, he instead turned and pointed the gun toward the officers, McManus said.
Officer Paul Armendariz, a seven-year veteran of the force, shot multiple rounds, hitting the boy, who died at the scene.
Next to the suspected robber's body was a handgun, the mask and some bloodied cash.
Armendariz has been placed on administrative duty while the shooting team investigates the incident, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.
McManus said there were two clerks inside the store who were not injured. There were no customers present at the time of the robbery.
It was the 15th officer-involved shooting in San Antonio so far this year.
The Tactical Response Unit has increased patrols in the area following last week's court injunction against two West Side gangs. The court order was designed to limit the gangs' ability to gather publicly and, police say, engage in dealing drugs.