A woman killed during a police standoff amid a hostage situation in San Antonio, TX was likely fatally shot by law enforcement, according to officials.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus offered new details in the death of Neida Tijerina, 29, after a domestic dispute Monday night, in a press conference. Officials had responded to reports of a “suicidal male” who had “threatened to kill his common-law wife” at about 9 p.m. Monday night, according to People Magazine.
McManus said the domestic violence suspect, Angel Sanchez, 28, had on body armor and was armed with a shotgun. McManus revealed that Sanchez had a history of domestic violence.
Sanchez at one point aimed his weapon at officers and “taunted them”, McManus told People Magazine. McManus added that law enforcement’s “attempts to negotiate and deescalate were unsuccessful.”
Tijerina did not want to leave the apartment because she had young children whom she did not want to leave behind, according to officials. She leaves behind four kids, ages 13, 11, 5 and 3 months old.
During a press conference on Wednesday, McManus revealed that it is possible police gunfire could have killed Tijerina.
“I give my deepest condolences to the children and family of the deceased victim,” Chief McManus told News 4 San Antonio.
According to People Magazine, when Sanchez exited the apartment at one point in the standoff, officers who situated themselves on nearby roofs for better vantage point opened fire and struck him. The suspect then dropped his gun, and officers took him into custody.
Sanchez has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.