Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward stated that a high speed pursuit that started in Pleasanton ended in San Antonio with the subject opening fire in a residential area near an elementary school. The subject, Filex Romirez Santos, age 46, of San Antonio.
first opened fire on Pleasanton PD in Pleasanton after a traffic stop.
“My office, Pleasanton Police Department, DPS investigators and highway patrol were taking part in an operation when this happened,” said ASCO Sheriff David Soward.
According to Sheriff Soward, Pleasanton PD pulled over a pick-up truck at approximately 10 a.m. The driver was found to have a state parole violation warrant for his arrest. The driver left his vehicle briefly, but then jumped back in and fled out Hwy. 97 and I-37 where he then shot at Pleasanton police officers. Three ASCO units joined the pursuit.
“The suspect went up I-37 before reaching I-410, the Bexar County police deployed spikes on I-410 which were successful in deflating two of his tires on the pick-up truck, but did not stop him from fleeing,” said Sheriff Soward. The subject fled up I-37 around Interstate I-10 and through a residential area then back up on I-10 out west I-410 and back south on I-410. According to Sheriff Soward, the subject finally got off I-410 in a residential area where he stopped near an elementary school and opened fire. Several officers returned fire striking the subject. Santos was taken to the hospital Tuesday and pronounced dead at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday. No officers were reported to have been injured by gun fire.
The shooting investigation is being handled by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit and Shooting Team.
The Pleasanton Express received calls during the pursuit that the subject was Facebook live streaming the active chase from his pick-up truck. Sheriff Soward confirmed this to be true. It is believed the subject had two cell phones in his truck.