San Antonio police officer Tyler Sauvage was shot in the hand during Friday’s shootout. He was treated in hospital but has since been released.
The San Antonio police officer who was shot in the hand during a routine traffic stop before returning and killing two suspects is in the photo when officials announced he had been released from hospital.
Officer Tyler Sauvage, a five-year veteran of the Corps, stopped a blue pickup truck Friday afternoon and had an “informal conversation” with the driver, Chief William McManus said after the shooting.
But the routine traffic stop subsided in a shootout when a gun was passed from one of the occupants to the front passenger, who opened fire on the cop a short distance away.
Sauvage managed to pull back and fire back, killing the passenger – 25-year-old Alex Anthony Garcia – as well as the driver, Sammie Joe Barbosa, 33.
A third resident, a 22-year-old woman whose name has not been disclosed, was engraved in the upper body by a bullet.
San Antonio police did not say which resident passed the gun to the Garcia.
Police originally said it was the driver who pulled the trigger, but later said it was Garcia.
“ It was determined by the investigation that an occupant in the vehicle was told to give the gun to Alex Anthony Garcia (front passenger) who then fired the gun at Officer (Tyler) Sauvage and hit him, ” San Antonio police said in a statement. statement. .
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Alex Anthony Garcia, 25, (left) and Sammie Joe Barbosa, 33, (right) were killed in a shootout with a San Antonio police officer during a traffic stop on Friday. Police said Garcia shot first.
According to the police, Garcia would have shot several times, but the exact number of shots is not yet known.
One of the bullets hit Sauvage in the hand; another hit his radio.
“The officer is very lucky to live up close after being shot in the hand and not anywhere else more importantly,” Police Chief William McManus said after the shooting on Friday.
Police would not comment if the female passenger is accused.
A witness told it KENS 5 she saw the gunfight and called 911 and said, “Your husband just got shot.”
‘There is now an active shooting. I was worried about the cop. He was alone, ”she told KENS 5.
Sauvage, a five-year veteran, was hospitalized but has since been released and is recovering at home. He was placed on administrative leave.
When asked if Garcia and Barbosa had been arrested before, a San Antonio police spokesman said, “We can’t release criminal histories.”
Why Garcia opened fire is not known at this point.
Pictured is the only suspect in the car who survived. She was shot during the shootout in the upper body. The police have not released her identity.
Chief William McManus said a routine traffic stop without warning escalated into a shootout in which a San Antonio police officer was injured, two suspects were killed and a third suspect in hospital.
Law enforcement officials are trying to understand why the driver pulled a gun at the San Antonio police officer during an “informal conversation” as part of a “routine” traffic stop.
San Antonio police are baffled by what triggered the shooting.
The San Antonio Police Department shooting team and internal affairs are in the middle of separate, but simultaneous investigations, by department protocols.
The case is then forwarded to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office for an independent review.
This was San Antonio’s second gunfire exchange involving police in two days.
The day before, a gunman with “mental problems” was shot and killed by police after driving to the San Antonio International Airport terminal and shooting open fire.