San Antonio police officer shot in hand; 2 suspects dead, third injured

San Antonio police at the scene of a police shooting that occurred during a traffic stop on Friday April 16

San Antonio police at the scene of a police shooting that occurred during a traffic stop on Friday April 16

"The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives because this guy had a full box of ammunition", San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. The man then stopped his auto, exited the vehicle, and began shooting toward the officer and in other directions.

He was shot by police and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. No officers were injured.

The officer retreated backwards while returning fire, killing both the driver and a passenger, and wounding another passenger in the upper torso. "We were very lucky today to not have a lot of people injured or killed because of this event". "He had a.45 caliber handgun that he was shooting in the direction of the terminal at the police officer, and behind him indiscriminately".

As he was having a "casual" conversation with the male driver, the driver pulled out a gun and began firing, he said. He was not identified by authorities. "As a precaution, the Airport has been put on lock down", the San Antonio police tweeted.

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McManus said the man is believed to be the same man who was seen shooting at planes flying over near the airport earlier in the day Thursday.

Police said the shooter may have been driving a red Mini Cooper or a gray minivan, McManus said in a briefing near the scene. McManus says there is a history with the gunman, noting it's believed he has mental health issues. The FBI said there does not appear to be any connection to terrorism and it will remain a local investigation.

Arrivals and departure information on the airport's website indicated there had been little to no disruption to flights, with just one 3pm departure to Detroit being delayed.

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