A police body cam captured an intense shootout between a San Antonio police officer and two street thugs who attempted to murder him.
In footage of the April 2021 incident released by the San Antonio Police Department Thursday, Officer Tyler Sauvage is conducting a routine traffic stop that suddenly turns into a life-or-death situation.
Read more details from San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT12.com:
The video shows Sauvage approach the truck, which was occupied by two men and a woman, and instruct the driver to stop going through his pockets.
The driver was then asked to turn off the car and place the keys where the officer could see them.
Sauvage asked for the driver’s ID and moments later, told him to step out of the truck after saying he could smell marijuana.
The driver admitted to the officer that he smoked marijuana earlier and that it was just the smell — that he hadn’t had any in his possession. He said to the officer in the video that he was “…Just being honest with you.”
In the video, a police official said the front seat passenger is heard asking the backseat passenger for a gun. The officer then opens the driver’s door and in just a matter of seconds, the suspects fire multiple gunshots.
Sauvage is hit by the gunfire in the hand, which is seen in the video covered in blood, and he retreated to his vehicle. His police radio was also hit in the exchange.
KSAT reports the two men in the vehicle, Sammie Barbosa, 33, and Alex Garcia, 25, died at the scene, while a woman in the vehicle sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the torso. The officer’s injury was treated at a hospital.
New policies passed by the department last December require SAPD to release videos of officer-involved shootings that lead to the death of an individual.