Security guard shot at Northwest side H-E-B expected to recover, store reopens

Assault suspect Charles Peter Mayah (Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: The San Antonio Police Department has identified the suspect in Wednesday night's shooting as 31-year-old Charles Peter Mayah. See previous story below.


A security guard who was shot during a scuffle with a man inside an H-E-B store is expected to recover.

The shooting at the store located at I-10 and Wurzbach Road prompted an overnight closure, but the store reopened to customers at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

According to police, the suspect walked into the break room at the store and stunned employees, who called security for help. When two security guards arrived, the suspect became upset and began struggling with them. During the struggle, he grabbed a guard's gun and shot him in the ankle.

The San Antonio Police Department later stated the two guards and the suspect were still fighting when officers arrived. Pepper spray and several zaps from a stun gun failed to get the suspect under control. Paramedics injected a dose of Ketamine into the suspect, which finally ended the struggle, according to SAPD.

Both the unidentified suspect and the injured guard were taken to University Hospital; the guard, later identified as 62-year-old Stuart Emmons, is expected to be okay.

Police said the suspect may have mental health issues. The 31-year-old man now faces charges of aggravated assault on a security guard.

An H-E-B spokesperson praised the employees following the shooting for their handling of the incident, adding that no customers were injured and all were safely evacuated.

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