A 32 year old man who was wanted for a murder committed Friday night in the 4100 block of South Presa is in custody, following a wild chase which ended with a San Antonio Police Officer injured, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
Police Sergeant Javier Salazar says officers had been given a description of a suspect and the getaway car in the South Presa murder, and officers of the Police Gang Unit found the vehicle at WW White and Gembler on the east side.
When the driver noticed that police were on his tail, he sped up and led officers on a chase which lasted for several miles, until the suspect wrecked his vehicle at I-10 near FM 1516.
When officers approached the vehicle, the car, which was on its side, began righting itself due to the fact that it was on an incline on the side of the highway.
Salazar says the officer opened fire to prevent the suspect from running over him.
The suspect drove a short distance before his car failed. As police chased him on foot, the suspect stole another nearby civilian vehicle. An officer caught up with him and tried to prevent the suspect from driving away, but the suspect dragged the officer for several feet, injuring his leg.
The suspect was chased in the second car to a home in the 4100 block of Sunrise court, where he ran inside. Police pursued and managed to tackle and subdue the suspect before he was able to grab a gun in the home.
The suspect will face a murder charge from the South Presa shooting, as well as several additional felony charges stemming from the pursuit.
The suspect was not hit by gunfire.