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Man fatally shot after firing at deputies

Authorities were called to 16800 State Highway 211 North at about 10 a.m. for reports of a family disturbance. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - Authorities identified the suspect fatally shot by a Bexar County deputy Saturday morning. Matthew Mathison, 59, was threatening to fire his handgun at the deputies and was refusing to comply when he was fatally hit once in the upper torso.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said a civilian witness saw everything transpire.

Authorities were called to 16800 State Highway 211 North at about 10 a.m. for reports of a family disturbance. When deputies arrived, they were told a 59-year-old man assaulted a family member and fled into the woods with a large handgun. Salazar said he expressed desires to kill himself.

Deputies heard a single gunshot inside the wooded area and believed he shot himself. The suspect cursed at them and fired several shots at the deputies when they tried to approach. Salazar said the deputies retreated and called for special operatives to the scene.

The deputy, a 13-year-veteran with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, will be placed on temporary administrative leave pending investigation.

Salazar said deputies were called several times to the same location in the past week, because the suspect was making threats to himself and others.

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