SAPD body camera video shows moment man was fatally shot after opening fire on drivers
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San Antonio police have released body camera video that captured the moment a man was fatally shot after he shot an officer and opened fire on drivers on an East Side Highway.
In the video, officers are seen responding to the 6800 block of Cross Spring on Aug. 30 for a suspect wanted on aggravated assault against a public servant.
The suspect failed to pull over when officers tried to do a traffic stop. However, the driver later pulled over to let a woman out of the vehicle before leading officers on a pursuit.
After striking a marked patrol unit, the suspect drove the wrong way on the I-10 E access road and crashed into another vehicle.
The man was then seen running from officers and firing multiple rounds, striking one officer in the arm.
Two officers shot multiple rounds at the man, who continued to run down a grassy embankment, ending on the main lanes of the highway.
While on the highway, the suspect shot at passing vehicles and tried to carjack a driver.
One woman he tried to carjack refused to give him her car, and he fired gunshots at her, police said. She wasn’t injured.
The two officers exchanged gunfire once again, this time striking the suspect, who later died due to his injuries.
The 40-year-old gunman, later identified by SAPD as Michael Kirkland, was wanted on multiple felony warrants and a misdemeanor warrant before the shooting occurred, McManus said.
The felony warrants include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a public servant and possibly evading, he said.
SAPD also identified the officer shot in the incident as Officer J. Owen, an eight-year veteran assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The shooting resulted in an hours-long closure of I-10 and New Braunfels and Highway 90 Westbound and Eastbound from Interstate 35.