Weekend shooting suspect arrested in San Antonio

Senior News Reporter

A San Antonio man was arrested Sunday for shooting and wounding another man in downtown San Marcos and attempting to run over a police officer while fleeing the scene Saturday night.

Martin Avila III was booked into the Bexar County Jail on charges of attempted murder and attempted capital murder, according to a press release from the City of San Marcos. 

Warrants obtained by San Marcos Police Department detectives were served when Avila was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department at his home Sunday. Avila’s bond has been set at $500,000, and he will be transferred to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center later this week.

Several streets in the downtown area were closed Saturday night after Avila allegedly attempted to shoot another man in a confrontation.

According to SMPD Commander Penny Dunn, Avila, his 18-year-old brother and a friend were involved in a disturbance with the victim and two others at a bar on LBJ Drive Saturday night.

According to the press release, Avila went to his parked vehicle to retrieve a handgun and then confronted the victim and his friends on Hutchison Street across from Fire Station 1. Avila’s brother and friend stayed with the car after Avila retrieved the weapon and confronted the victim, police said.

Witnesses said the suspect fired the handgun twice at 10:20 p.m. and one of the bullets grazed the victim’s right ear and the side of his head. Avila then fled the scene on foot SMPD Officer Jesse Saavedra and Officer Darin Wilde of the University Police Department pursued Avila on foot.

Saavedra, who was in uniform, repeatedly identified himself as a police officer and told Avila to stop.

Dunn says Avila disregarded Saavedra’s order and told his brother and friend to get in the car. Police say Avila and his brother entered the vehicle and attempted to strike Saavedra at high speed as they fled. 

Saavedra jumped over a concrete construction barrier to avoid being hit and fired one shot from his service weapon, striking the car. 

Saavedra was not injured during the incident. He was put on administrative leave for the initial stages of the investigation.

The victim was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

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