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Three Texas police officers charged with murder in fatal shooting of a 46-year-old woman having a mental health crisis while cutting fire alarm wires in her apartment building

  • San Antonio Police Sergeant Alfred Flores, Officer Eleazar Alejandro and Officer Nathaniel Villalobos were the three officers involved in Friday’s incident.
  • The woman, Melissa Perez, had a mental health crisis around 2 a.m. Friday and was holding a hammer at one point
  • San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the use of force “was not reasonable” and not consistent with department policy, during a press conference on Friday.

Three Texas police officers have been charged with the murder of a 46-year-old woman who had a manic episode and cut the wires to her building’s fire alarm system.

San Antonio Police Sergeant Alfred Flores, Officer Eleazar Alejandro and Officer Nathaniel Villalobos were the three officers involved in the June 23 incident.

The woman, identified as Melissa Petez, was going through a mental health crisis around 2 a.m. Friday, officials said. Bodycam footage captured her screaming and at one point holding a hammer.

The three officers outside the woman’s apartment are seen pointing their guns in the direction of the front of the house before they begin to open fire, KWTX News reported.

At a press conference on Friday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the use of force “was not reasonable” and was not in accordance with department policy.

The chief said he would not answer any questions after the conference as it is an “active investigation”.

The three San Antonio police officers: (lr) Sgt. Alfred Flores and officers Eleazar Alejandro and Nathaniel Villalobos were charged on Friday with the shooting death of a woman who was going through a mental health crisis

San Antonio Police Department Master Sgt.  Alfred Flores, a 14-year veteran of the force, is seen opening fire which was captured by the officer's body camera

San Antonio Police Department Master Sgt. Alfred Flores, a 14-year veteran of the force, is seen opening fire which was captured by the officer’s body camera

Another officer holds and points a gun at the home of Melissa Perez, 46, who had a mental health crisis, according to body camera footage

Another officer holds and points a gun at the home of Melissa Perez, 46, who had a mental health crisis, according to body camera footage

“It appears that Ms. Perez had a mental health crisis,” the police chief said.

Officers who arrived at the scene initially attempted to assist Perez and accompany him to a patrol unit, but she ran inside her apartment and locked the door and the situation escalated.

Officers tried to talk to her through an open window, but she threw a glass candle at one of the officers, the police chief said.

Two officers were seen jumping onto the patio as Perez held a hammer and swung it inside the house towards where the officers were standing.

The hammer ended up hitting and shattering one of the windows, but none of the officers appeared to have been hit by the hammer.

One of the officers retaliated by opening fire, but it does not appear that Perez was hit by the volley of bullets.

She then tried to run back outside where the officers were standing, hammer in hand, and that’s when the officers opened fire again and she was fatally shot.

One of the officers is seen climbing over the railing onto the patio where Perez was inside

One of the officers is seen climbing over the railing onto the patio where Perez was inside

The three officers outside the woman's apartment at the 6200 block of Old Pearsall Road (pictured) in San Antonio, Texas

The three officers outside the woman’s apartment at the 6200 block of Old Pearsall Road (pictured) in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Police Chief McManus at Friday's press conference:

San Antonio Police Chief McManus at Friday’s press conference: “The actions of the shooting officers were inconsistent with SAPD policy and training.” he said. “They put themselves in a situation where they used lethal force, which was not reasonable given all the circumstances”

After the showdown, officers provided first aid to Perez before paramedics arrived. She was declared dead by doctors shortly thereafter.

The three officers were taken into custody and suspended without pay pending the results of the investigation.

sergeant. Flores is a 14-year police veteran, followed by Alejandro, who has worked in the department for five years, and Villalobos for two.

The police chief said: ‘The actions of the shooting officers were not in accordance with SAPD policy and training.’

McManus added: “They put themselves in a situation where they used lethal force, which was not reasonable given all the circumstances.”

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