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A standoff between police and a man they were searching for lasted about four hours until police found him dead Friday evening at a Northwest Side apartment complex.
San Antonio police and the Texas Department of Public Safety were searching for a wanted man at about 2 p.m. when they narrowed his whereabouts to the Chase Hill Apartments, 15801 Chase Hill Blvd.
Officer Douglas Greene, an SAPD spokesman, said officers heard gunfire at about 2:50 p.m. when they were attempting to get inside the apartment he was in.
“They backed up from the location, notified other officers who responded to the scene,” Greene said.
A SWAT team and police negotiators were called to the scene.
The surrounding apartments were evacuated and Monroe May Elementary School, which is near the standoff, was placed on a modified lockdown.
A female was also inside the apartment with the suspect, Greene said.
Two hours into the standoff, police were able to talk to her via cell phone and get her out safely.
“We don’t believe this was a hostage situation. At no point was the individual held against their will,” Greene said. “Obviously, they were very terrified of the situation.”
At about 7 p.m., a SWAT team went inside the apartment and found the man dead with a gunshot wound.
Greene said it appears the man killed himself, but they are waiting for the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office to make that determination.
Investigators did not immediately known when the man died during the standoff, Greene said.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.