…3 police officers charged with murder; allegedly shot mother suffering mental health crisis - The Blaze

Three police officers were charged with murder Friday after allegedly fatally shooting a woman believed to have been suffering a mental health crisis, authorities reported.

“The shooting officers’ actions were not consistent with SAPD’s policy and training,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said during a press briefing shortly after the shooting

The three officers involved in the shooting — Officer Nathaniel Villalobos, Officer Eleazar Alejandro, and Sergeant Alfred Flores — were immediately suspended without pay pending a full investigation, KWTX reported.

Melissa Perez, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS after allegedly being shot by SAPD officers.

“After reviewing the evidence of this case and speaking with the District Attorney’s Civil Rights Division, warrants were issued for the three officers who shot and killed Melissa Perez,” Chief McManus said, adding that the three were charged with murder and had already been taken into custody.

Officers were dispatched to the 6200 block of Old Pearsall around 12:27 a.m. for a vandalism incident in which a woman had reportedly cut some wires to a fire alarm panel in an apartment complex, Chief McManus said.

When officers got over the railing [on the woman’s patio to where she fled], the woman ran to the window and struck it with [a] hammer, shattering it.

At that point, one officer fired multiple rounds at the woman, apparently not striking her.

The woman, with the hammer still in her hand, moved back, but then approached the patio door.

All three officers then shot at the woman, including the officer who initially shot at the woman.

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Locations: San Antonio, TX Texas 

Organizations: San Antonio Police Department 

People: William McManus Nathaniel Villalobos Eleazar Alejandro Alfred Flores Melissa Perez 

Tags: Police 

Type: Headlines