The San Antonio police who was shot in the head while investigating a vehicle break-in has died. Authorities said in a statement that officer Miguel Moreno died Friday morning.
Moreno along with a partner approached two men involved in a vehicle break-in just north downtown San Antonio when one of the men immediately pulled a handgun and shot the officers, seriously injuring Moreno, which ultimately led to his death this morning. Moreno’s partner was also shot and underwent surgery. He is expected to survive.
The two officers were shot at as soon as they exited their patrol car to approach and question the two men. The police officers engaged in gunfire exchange, leading to the death of the gunman. The second man said he was unaware that his companion would bring out his gun and shoot at the officers. He is currently cooperating with the investigation.
San Antonio Chief William McManus said during a news conference Friday that Moreno was hit in the head. At the time of the news conference, the police were already aware that their colleague stand little or no chances of surviving, while his companion showed better signs of surviving the wounds.
McManus reiterated that the police officers merely wanted to question the men, and at that point, did not even consider them as suspects yet. The officers also shot the gunman in the buttocks and had no intention to kill him, but he attempted to escape and suffered a head injury that authorities believe may have been self-inflicted.