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Man shot by deputy during traffic stop identified

Suspect Mario Espinosa, Jr., was shot by a Bexar County deputy during a traffic stop on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

A man who was shot by a Bexar County Sheriff's deputy on Wednesday evening has been identified as Mario Espinosa, Jr., 39.

According to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, a 25-year-veteran of the department shot Espinosa when he tried to drive away from a traffic stop.

It was during the traffic stop that the deputy realized Espinosa is currently wanted on two outstanding warrants. When he asked Espinosa to step out of his truck, investigators say Espinosa instead said, "don't shoot me" and tried to get away.

The officer jumped into the truck and fired one shot into Espinosa's abdomen. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to be okay.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Espinosa is in custody on those warrants, a misdemeanor charge of driving with an invalid license and a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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