The driver and passenger of a vehicle were killed in a shootout with a San Antonio police officer on Friday (April 16), as a casual encounter abruptly turned into a life-or-death struggle that left the officer and another passenger wounded, police said.
The incident was at least the second time this week that a police traffic stop turned deadly, following the high-profile fatal shooting on Sunday (April 11) of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, in a Minneapolis suburb.
The gunfire in San Antonio erupted shortly after police pulled over the vehicle and an officer engaged the driver in what appeared to be casual conversation for a few minutes, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said after reviewing video from the policeman’s body-worn camera.
The driver and a passenger, both of whom were men estimated to be in their 20s, were killed, McManus said. Another passenger was wounded in the upper torso and rushed to a hospital, he said.
The police chief, stressing that his information was preliminary, said he did not know what prompted the traffic stop by the officer, who was patrolling alone.
In the Wright case, which sparked nearly a week of protests and clashes between police and demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Daunte was pulled over on in Brooklyn Center, just outside Minneapolis, for what police said was an expired vehicle registration, then struggled with police and was shot to death by officer Kimberly Potter, 48, who drew her handgun instead of a Taser in what officials called an accident.
Potter quit her job and was charged with second-degree manslaughter within days of the Sunday incident.
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