New video captures the moment the cop’s hero was shot and injured the San Antonio airport gunman who drove into the terminal and randomly opened fire before committing suicide
- Surveillance footage at the San Antonio airport of the April 15 shooting shows an officer taking cover and shooting, wounding a gunman
- After being shot, the gunman – later identified as Joe Gomez – retreated to his car and came out and shot himself
- The officer was hailed as a hero by the San Antonio police chief after the incident
- The three-minute video was released by police on Thursday
- Gomez reportedly suffering from ‘mental illness’ at the time of the shooting
- The Bexar County District Attorney’s office will review the case, according to protocol
New surveillance footage captured the moment a heroic officer shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire at the San Antonio airport before eventually committing suicide.
Park cop John Maines rushed in to put an end to a possible mass casualty on April 15 when Joe Gomez, 46, launched his attack on the airport.
The San Antonio Police Department released a three-minute video on Thursday that opens with an advice about viewer discretion before highlighting Officer Maines as he watches Gomez drive his car the wrong way into a terminal.
Maines runs to the sound of gunfire and encounters Gomez, who can be seen in the video firing indiscriminately at people and cars around him as drivers drove away and bystanders ducked for cover.
The video shows Gomez emptied, reloaded, and resumed shooting his clip. He seems to be shooting at Maines.
As he took cover behind a post, Maines found an opening and Gomez shot in the middle.
San Antonio cop John Maines notices car driving into traffic
Maines (blue marker) runs to the sounds of gunshots coming into the San Antonio terminal (where the red marker is)
The gunman, later identified as Joe Gomez, is seen as open firing
He saw him reload before firing again
The blue marker is where the San Antonio police officer takes cover from the shooter next to the black sedan (in the red circle). The inset shows the shooter who shoots
This is the moment after Gomez was shot and wounded by the police officer
Gomez retreated to his car and then came back outside and shot himself. That part of the video was blurry.
There were no serious injuries due to Maines’ quick thinking and a high casualty incident was avoided, Police Chief William McManus said after the incident.
‘[The shooter] had a lot of ammunition and fired haphazardly,” McManus said after the shooting. “We are lucky today that not many people were injured or killed during this event.”
After the surveillance footage ended, Lieutenant Jesse Salame said Gomez was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead. The autopsy said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Salame said.
The video ends with a message from Public Affairs Manager Mariah Medina explaining that investigations into the use of deadly force are “extensive” and could last more than a year.
“This is our current understanding of the situation and could change as researchers gather more information,” Medina said at the end of the video.
All shootings involving officers will be forwarded to the Bexar County District Attorney’s office for review.
Gomez was known to the police at the time and is said to suffer from ‘mental problems’.
He was seen earlier that day firing his gun from a nearby highway ramp.
Passengers at San Antonio International Airport must wait after the terminal was closed during the April 15 shooting