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Standoff at Downtown motel ends, suspect in custody
SAN ANTONIO -- A suspect accused of shooting a police officer at a Downtown hotel surrendered Monday afternoon, ending a standoff that lasted almost nine hours.
The standoff began after an officer responded to a family disturbance call at the Super 8 Motel at 1614 North St. Mary's Street around 7:53 a.m. Monday. Police say the officer arrived and knocked on the motel room door. News 4 San Antonio was told the suspect opened the door and fired a shot, hitting the officer in the head.
A police department spokesperson told News 4 San Antonio the officer, later identified as Officer Aaron Terrazas, was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Chief Bill McManus called the injury "serious but said Terrazas is expected to survive. Officer Terrazas is 34 years old and an 8-year-veteran of the department.
Police say the suspect, a male in his late 30s, was taken into custody without incident. His name has not been released.
Police closed both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35, from Interstate 37 to Interstate 10 after the shooting.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 were reopened shortly before 1:00 p.m. The northbound lanes reopened during the 5:00 p.m. hour.
Shortly before 5pm Monday, SAPD sent the following update:
"All lower level of IH 35 will open shortly. Upper level of IH 35 NB, between W. Martin to IH 37 that has been shut down completely, will be partially opened shortly."
St. Mary's Street remains closed between Camden and Quincy near the scene of the standoff.