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Suspect in deadly police shooting committed suicide

Andrew Bice (Photo courtesy Bexar County Sheriff's Department)

UPDATE 8:07pm: SA Police Officers Association establishes Miguel Moreno Memorial Account

The San Antonio Police Officers Association established the Miguel Moreno Memorial Account at Generations Federal Credit Union. Donations may be made in person at any Generations FCU branch, or online. Visit www.mygenfcu.org for details. For more information, contact Generations Federal Credit Union at 210-229-1128.

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UPDATE 5:20pm: Andrew Bice's criminal record...

Felony:
Possession Controlled Substance, 1 – 4 grams / Arrested: 1/10/2007

Misdemeanors:
Evading Arrest / Arrested: 12/28/2005 / Sentence: 12 days, he served only one day in jail because he had 11 days served
Assault/Bodily Injury – Family/Household *means he injured someone in the house he wasn’t married to / Arrested: 12/28/2005 / Sentence: 4 months, served a couple of weeks because of time served

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UPDATE 3:32pm: Deceased suspect’s manner of death ruled a suicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. Andrew C. Bice shot himself in the head.

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UPDATE 3:16pm

The suspect killed in the police shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Andrew C. Bice.

According to our sources, the second person involved is still being detained according to sources.

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A San Antonio Police officer who was shot by a suspect north of Downtown Thursday has died.

The San Antonio Police Department confirmed Officer Miguel Moreno passed away at 11:11 a.m. on Friday. Officer Moreno was 32 years old. He was a graduate of Lanier High School in San Antonio and a 9-year veteran with the force.


San Antonio Police Chief William McManus held a news conference Friday morning to provide an update on the incident.

Chief McManus said he is at a loss for words.

“Imagine one of your relatives shot on the street for no reason," McManus told us.

Chief McManus says officer 32-year-old Miguel Moreno and 36-year-old Officer Julio Cavazos were working what is called "directed patrol" north of Downtown near San Antonio College Thursday. They were in that area to investigate reported car burglaries, when they saw a car that looked like it had been broken into.

The two officers saw two people and stopped to talk to them. Chief McManus said as soon as Officer Moreno got out of the car on the driver’s side, one of the suspects walked toward him and the other immediately shot at him.

Moreno was shot in the face and went down immediately. Officer Cavazos came around the car to Moreno's aid and was shot in the chin. Officer Cavazos was able to return fire, shooting one of the suspects in the backside as he ran away. That suspect was later found dead and was shot in the head. Police are not sure if he shot himself or was shot by police. The other man who was with the suspect was taken in by police for questioning and was later released.

Chief McManus emphasized this could happen anywhere in our city and the dangers his men and women in uniform face every day.

"Those officers were out there, and they were working, and they were working hard,” McManus said. “All they were going to do is contact these two individuals, contact them to get their identification in the event that anything did happen there. They had a suspect and things went bad real quick."

Chief McManus said Officer Cavazos successfully underwent surgery overnight and has a long recovery ahead.

Statement from City of San Antonio:

Mayor urges community to fly flags at half-staff in honor of Officer Moreno

Flags at all City facilities have been lowered to half-staff at the request of Mayor Ron Nirenberg in honor of Officer Miguel Moreno, who was killed in the line of duty. Nirenberg is inviting the business community, other organizations and all citizens to join us in this expression of mourning and respect by lowering their flags to half-staff. Officer Moreno passed away on Friday from wounds he suffered in a Thursday shooting incident.

“We continue to offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family and the San Antonio Police Department community,” Nirenberg said. “We also extend our sympathies and prayers to Officer Julio Cavazos, who also was critically wounded in the incident.”

Nirenberg asks that those participating in this gesture of respect for Officer Moreno continue to fly flags at half-staff until his internment. The City will keep the community updated on funeral arrangements, which remain pending.

“This tragedy reminds us all of the sacrifices and bravery of our public safety officers who deserve our sincere gratitude,” Nirenberg said.

Statement from Governor Greg Abbott:

Governor Abbott Orders Texas Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor Of Fallen San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today ordered the Texas flags in the City of San Antonio to be lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Officer Miguel Moreno, through July 3rd, 2017. Officer Moreno was a nine-year veteran of law enforcement who lost his life in the line of duty following a shooting on Thursday, June 29th.

“This is a sad day for the San Antonio community, and the entire state of Texas, as we mourn the death of Officer Miguel Moreno,” said Governor Abbott. “This senseless act of violence against two courageous and committed law enforcement officers demonstrates the risk our men and women in blue face every day. We owe Officer Moreno and Officer Julio Cavazos a great debt of gratitude for their service and bravery in the face of danger. Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Officer Moreno, the San Antonio Police Department, and all those effected by this terrible crime.”

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