Elderly woman found dead after more than 24 hour standoff near Leon Springs

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Update on Thursday, March 8, 2018: The Bexar County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect in the 24-hour long standoff as Fernando Macias, 60. Macias is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and is currently in the Bexar County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

9:37 p.m. UPDATE:

Sheriff Javier Salazar says the elderly woman being held within the home during the standoff was found dead upon entry. She was found with trauma to her body.

Salazar said at least two deputies are being placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation. The suspect was sent to the hospital for treatment.

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7:56 p.m. UPDATE:

Deputies tell us the standoff has ended. The suspect is injured and in custody.

When deputies originally arrived at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night, the man had set up propane tanks around the house and fired several shots at them, trying to get them to explode. The bullets ricocheted, hitting the deputies instead.


4:26 p.m. UPDATE:

Sheriff Javier Salazar said crews are still working to get those inside the home out safely. The standoff has been going on for more than 20 hours now.

Two deputies suffered relatively minor injuries last night, but are back out at the scene today. One of the deputies got glass in his eyelid and the other suffered shrapnel injuries to his face and arm after the man fired and struck their tactical gear. Multiple agencies are assisting in the standoff.

Deputies released photos of the damaged tactical gear. Salazar said the gear is made to handle high powered gunfire, which is indicative of the gunfire they're dealing with at the standoff.

Salazar said he and his team are hoping for a peaceful ending and hope the man releases the elderly woman inside safely.


11:15 a.m. UPDATE: Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said there was still no safe resolution in the ongoing standoff involving a man inside a Northwest Side house on Wednesday morning.

According to Salazar, deputies continue to believe an elderly woman is inside the house on Saddle Trail. He described her as being in "declining health." Deputies were reportedly able to hear her during their communication with the suspect.

As for the suspect, Salazar added he shot a robot that was sent into the house during the overnight hours.

Neighbors in the area were asked to stay away from the street until the standoff is resolved.


7:30 a.m. UPDATE: Deputies are escorting one parent and some students away from the scene as school buses are not being allowed down the road.

Two Bexar County deputies were injured when they were hit by bullets that ricocheted off propane tanks during an overnight standoff in Northwest Bexar County.

The standoff remained unresolved as off 5:30 a.m. on Saddle Trail, located off Scenic Loop Road. It's believed a man in his 60s is barricaded inside the house with an elderly woman.

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, mental health deputies responded to a home on Saddle Trail to check on a woman in her 80s. When they arrived, shots rang out and the deputies backed away from the home.

Salazar said the man set up propane tanks around the house and fired several shots at them, trying to get them to explode. The bullets ricocheted, hitting the deputies instead.

One injured deputy was taken to University Hospital; his condition remained unknown. The second deputy was treated at the scene.

The San Antonio Police Department's SWAT unit and bomb squad were called out to help manage the ongoing standoff. Neighbors have been told to stay inside their homes until the standoff is over.

No other information about the suspect or the elderly woman was released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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