SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A Bexar County Deputy Sheriff is out of surgery and in recovery after being shot in the abdomen on Saturday. The off-duty officer was shot while confronting a 16-year-old male who was breaking into the deputy’s personal vehicle at his residence on the south side of San Antonio, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
The deputy was in his home in the 300 clock of Bustillo Drive around 7:30 am. He was notified by a family member about someone inside his vehicle. The deputy then attempted to take the minor into custody.
That’s when the teenager pulled a “small caliber” handgun on the deputy. The teen fired at least one shot. The officer managed to hold the suspect until San Antonio police arrived and took him into custody.
The deputy was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in stable condition. He is an 11-year veteran, currently assigned to the Bexar County Adult Detention Center.
According to KSAT, Sheriff Salazar also said that this is not the teen’s first run-in with the law. Evidence found at the scene shows he might have been burglarizing vehicles in the vicinity throughout the evening. The teen could now face serious felony charges.
Perhaps attempted murder?
Off-duty Bexar County Texas Deputy Shot Struggling with Car Break-in Suspect https://t.co/fqKue2WW8b
— Blue Lives Matter (@RetiredNYCPD) June 23, 2019
Sadly, this story does not appear on the national news radar. It seems a story where a teenager, illegally in possession of a firearm, breaking into and vandalizing vehicles and shooting an off-duty officer doesn’t fit the narrative.
It makes one wonder, if the officer had shot the teen, would there be national attention? How often do men and women in service to our communities get attacked and no one outside their community knows.
The mainstream media likes to bring attention to things that shine our officer in a negative light, but seldom do they take time to address the sacrifice of those same officers when they are victims of ambush or attack. More times than not, it requires an officer to be killed in the line of duty for it to capture a national audience.
A simple Google search using the words “officer shot” leads to multiple stories about Sacramento officer Tara O’Sullivan, who was tragically shot and killed while trying to protect a woman.
Another story Is linked about an off-duty officer in Racine, John Hetland, who was shot and killed while confronting an armed robber in a bar.
There are several stories regarding Natalie Corona, the Davis, California officer who was shot and killed while responding to a traffic accident.
Aside from the articles on Officer O’Sullivan, the first article that was linked to a national news source was the story about the off-duty LAPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed man at a Corona Costco.
The officer fired the shots after the man assaulted him while holding his 1-year-old child. According to witnesses, the attack was unprovoked. There was no mention of the Mission, Texas officer who was shot and killed Thursday night.
— KVEO Joanna Guzman (@KVEOJGuzman) June 21, 2019
Why does the bulk of national news cycle only pick up on stories about officers who lose their life or the ones that can be spun into a controversial conversation? Why must the risk and sacrifice that our officers take/make every day be made so trivial?
The media should bring attention to these stories. People need to see and understand the risk that our LEO community face every day. Attacks on the Thin Blue Line are becoming more and more frequent, and more and more brazen.
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