BALCONES HEIGHTS, TX – A Balcones Heights Police sergeant was reportedly critically wounded during a shooting incident that transpired at an apartment complex on February 3rd.
According to officials, there are at least three suspects at-large that are being sought after in connection with the shooting incident that injured the police sergeant.
— Dillon Collier (@dilloncollier) February 3, 2021
According to Sheriff Javier Salazar with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the incident originated from officers from the BHPD investigating a group of suspicious individuals believed to have been burglarizing vehicles in the parking lot of the Sol Apartments located within the 6900 block of I-10 at around 1:30 p.m. on February 3rd.
Officer Edgar Ortiz and Sergeant Joey Sepulveda from the BHPD had attempted to make contact with the suspects within the parking lot, when officials say one of the suspects made the officers feel threatened.
Reportedly at least one officer drew their weapon and a spat of gunfire between officers and the suspects transpired thereafter. It is currently unclear as to whether the suspects or the officers present fired the first round.
During the exchange of gunfire, Sergeant Sepulveda was reportedly struck. Officer Ortiz reportedly was able to drag Sergeant Sepulveda into a police cruiser and rushed him to a nearby hospital. From what Sheriff Salazar says, Officer Ortiz’s quick acting likely saved Sergeant Sepulveda’s life.
🚨BREAKING NEWS🚨 @BexarCoSheriff says two brothers are wanted for attempted capital murder in the shooting of Balcones Heights police Sgt. Joey Sepulveda. The Sheriff says Wilfredo Montemayor (27) is believed to be the shooter and Sijifredo Montemayor (30) the getaway driver. pic.twitter.com/p10X9zCuWy
— Melissa Vega (@melissamvega) February 4, 2021
Officials believe during the gunfire at the apartment complex parking lot, one of the suspects may have been struck by a round fired.
Two suspects have been reportedly identified, with officials alleging that 27-year-old Wilfredo Montemayor was the shooter and that 30-year-old Sijifredo Montemayor aided in the fleeing of the shooting suspect.
Locals who have resided for years in the area where the chaos transpired on February 3rd were reasonably alarmed with what unfolded at the apartment complex parking lot. Lydia Pacheco, who’s resided in the area for 30 years, claims she’s never seen anything like this before:
“I’m nervous because I saw a lot of action here so close to my house. All the police were rolling by here by my house and by I-10.”
During the incident, nearby elementary school Dellview Elementary was placed on a lock down status as well as St. Gregory the Great Catholic School.
— KABB FOX 29 (@KABBFOX29) February 4, 2021
Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne DeLeon shared that Sergeant Sepulveda was currently undergoing surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center for sustained wounds to the neck and shoulder.
Both mayor DeLeon and Sheriff Salazar are asking the community to pray for both Sergeant Sepulveda and his family during this difficult time.
The injured police sergeant was described as being an 18-year veteran for the BHPD.
The two identified suspects, who are reportedly brothers, were described as follows:
Sijifredo Montemayor is said to be approximately 5’10” and weighs roughly 150 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.
Wilfredo Montemayor is said to be approximately 5’11” and weighs roughly 150 pounds, with black dreadlocks and brown hair.
Sheriff Salazar provided some “advice” to the two identified suspects on the lam, saying:
“My advice – turn yourselves in. You are not going to get away with this. Turn yourselves in and surrender peacefully.”
As for the third suspect wanted in the case, authorities have furnished the following photo of the individual wanted in connection with the incident.
The sheriff also noted that the suspects in question are “desperate” and thus “very, very dangerous”. Anyone with information on the case, or the whereabouts of the suspects, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insight into the developing case.
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In other ongoing investigations regarding injured officers, a Michigan State trooper was reportedly injured in a vehicular collision that involved a suspected impaired driver.
We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on the aforementioned incident. Here’s that previous report.
BATTLE CREEK, MI – A Michigan State trooper suffered a severe injury earlier in January, after police say a driver suspected of being under the influence of possibly a controlled substance slammed into his police vehicle head-on in Battle Creek.
Michigan State Police trooper injured in head-on crash identified https://t.co/8X57JOrQpg
— MLive (@MLive) January 18, 2021
Officials say that the incident occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on January 17th, when Michigan State Police Trooper Christopher Haywood was headed westbound on West Columbia Ave near Stevens Rd.
From there, an individual driving a black Toyota Camry allegedly crossed over the center line of West Columbia Ave and collided with Trooper Haywood’s patrol vehicle head-on.
The injuries suffered by the state trooper were severe, with Michigan State Police Lieutenant Dwayne Robinson saying that Trooper Haywood had suffered multiple fractures to his femur and also lacerations to his head and hands in the collision.
As for the driver of the Toyota, they too along with a passenger were reportedly injured in the crash, but said injuries – while serious – were described as being non-life-threatening.
Trooper Haywood, as well as the two occupants inside of the Toyota, were transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment.
Michigan State Police believe that the 32-year-old driver, who has not been identified by name as of this time, was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
Trooper Christopher Haywood was seriously injured after the crash Sunday. He is now recovering at home after surgery to repair his femur. https://t.co/ZAAjqOmoM8
— WWMT-TV (@wwmtnews) January 22, 2021
Lieutenant Robinson says that charges against the driver are pending due to authorities awaiting the results from the lab to determine if there were any intoxicants involved in the collision.
These same sentiments were mirrored by the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office, as they too stated they’re awaiting the results of a toxicology report before reviewing the case.
Trooper Haywood was described as a 22-year veteran of the Michigan State Police and also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
According to a GoFundMe account established by Trooper Haywood’s shift partner, Eric Gantert, there are concerns that Trooper Haywood’s sustained injuries from the crash could be “career ending”.
The fundraiser for the injured trooper is an effort to help alleviate the “financial stress and burdens” as Trooper Haywood indoors physical rehab on his road to recovery.
This is a developing investigation.
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