Less than three weeks after San Antonio Police Officer Robert Deckard was shot and killed by an armed motorist during a police chase through the city's south side, San Antonio police this morning found themselves embroiled in a high speed chase with an armed suspect on the city's south side.
Detectives say it began on Clovis Place, which is south of Southwest Military Drive on the city's south side, when police received several calls about a man shooting up an ex girlfriend's home.
Officers who arrived got a description of the man, and word went out to all patrol cars.
About a half hour later, an officer patrolling on South Commercial noticed a man matching the description of the gunman, and he received approval from police brass to pursue the man, who was known to be armed.
Speeds quickly reached 70 miles an hour as the chase headed down Commercial, and then the man veered to the left and got onto Loop 410 as the chase continued.
As the suspect approached Morsund Road, the man began shooting at police pursuing him. He got out of his car and fired at officers. As officers approached the car, they discovered the suspect was dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say no officers fired any shots.
The case is being treated as a 'custodial death' because the man was legally in police custody when the incident happened, even though he was not physically in custody.
The police shooting team will investigate. No police officers or civilians were hurt.