Edgewood ISD officer who put knee on neck of teen previously dismissed from BCSO for excessive force
An Edgewood Independent School District police officer seen on cell phone camera footage kneeling on the neck of a teenager late last year had previously been dismissed by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for excessive force, personnel records obtained by KSAT Investigates show.
High school freshman shot and killed near home in far west Bexar County
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has released few details about the shooting of Ted Johnson Jr., 15, beyond saying he was found unresponsive and shot multiple times in the 500 block of Lucrezia at 12:10 a.m. Sunday. He pronounced dead at University Hospital less than an hour later.
Bad blood between Grey Forest mayor, police administration preceded department’s implosion
The temporary loss of what some residents call the city’s “24/7 police coverage” has pitted neighbor against neighbor with one faction blaming Waldrop and the other blaming a law enforcement agency that detractors say lacked initiative and clear operating standards.
Second Bexar County jail study focuses on morale improvements to fight staffing shortage
Though jail staffing was just one aspect of the review by American Correctional Consultants, it remains one of the primary focuses for commissioners, who approve millions of dollars for forced overtime at the jail every year.
Suspended BCSO deputy told Somerset superintendent’s son to delete explicit photos of classmate from phone
A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after an internal investigation found he advised the son of Somerset Independent School District’s superintendent to delete explicit photos and a video of a female classmate off his phone.
Victims’ families call for state to remove Bexar County sheriff from Anaqua Springs case
Two families made strong accusations Monday against Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and his office for the handling of shooting deaths of two young girls and their mother in the Anaqua Springs neighborhood in Boerne in 2019.
Records: Less than a quarter of BCSO deputy COVID-19 benefits claims have been approved
Bexar County Sheriff’s detention officers and deputies who have applied for COVID-19 workers’ compensation benefits since the start of the pandemic have been denied more than 75 percent of the time, records obtained by KSAT Investigates confirm.
BCSO deputy suspended after inmate found with loaded gun
Deputy Victor Jimenez III on March 10 brought a prisoner into the Bexar County Jail’s south tower for processing. The prisoner was then searched by a deputy from the agency’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) who found the prisoner in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, according to Jimenez’s suspension report.
BCSO investigating threatening letters sent to Barrientes Vela ahead of public corruption trial
An attorney for the former Bexar County Precinct 2 constable provided evidence to Judge Velia Meza on July 21, including multiple rounds of live ammunition as well as letters in which someone threatened to kill Barrientes Vela.
Warrant: Arrested BCSO corporal used forearm to cover victim’s mouth and then squeeze her neck
A Bexar County sheriff’s corporal arrested last week on a felony family violence charge used his forearm to cover the mouth of his victim and then squeezed her neck to the point that she temporarily could not see or hear, an arrest warrant obtained Monday by KSAT Investigates shows.
Bexar County repeatedly honored deputy who died of COVID-19. Now they’re suing his widow.
More than two years after her husband became the first Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy to die of complications from COVID-19, Pauline Pezina De La Fuente continues a drawn out legal battle for his county death benefits.
BCSO admits to search warrant clerical error in West Side standoff where deputy was shot, suspect was killed
A search warrant for the property where a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and a suspect was killed last week included the information for the wrong person, BCSO officials admitted Monday.
BCSO deputy cleared of manslaughter charge speaks out after ‘stressful’ week under indictment
In his first public comments since being cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man in Elmendorf in 2020, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandin Moran said Thursday his brief indictment for manslaughter had a significant emotional impact on him and his family.
Feds charge 7 in SW Bexar County human smuggling bust
All seven suspects were drivers or passengers of vehicles stopped by Bexar County Sheriff’s investigators Thursday afternoon after they left a property in the 11200 block of Briggs Road, where a neighbor had reported seeing 50 people exit a tractor trailer.
Arbitrator sides with sheriff, upholds firing of BCSO lieutenant who was at deadly Capitol riot
An arbitrator has upheld the termination of a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, nearly a year after she posted multiple photographs on Facebook showing her near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as a protest erupted into a deadly riot, agency officials confirmed to the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Dishonorable discharge given to BCSO sergeant for alleged “improprieties” during sting operation
A veteran Bexar County Sheriff’s sergeant retired in lieu of being terminated this week, amid an investigation into whether he acted inappropriately during a covert law enforcement investigation, the KSAT 12 Defenders have confirmed.
‘It’s really a mess’: Bexar County DA hampered by SAPD, BCSO mishandling of evidence and communication issues
Public court proceedings, conversations with sources and case records reveal ongoing communication lapses and mishandling of evidence between the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the area’s two largest law enforcement agencies: the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
‘I think that they just wanted something to kill’: Horse shot multiple times on far South Side
Patricia Scharmann says her mare, Stormy, was shot at least four times. A blood trail and trampled grass starting about 25 yards from the fence line show where the horse stumbled and collapsed, ultimately dying with gruesome wounds.
Nearly two weeks after fatal encounter, BCSO identifies deputy who shot and killed Nicholas Norris
A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man suffering from a mental health episode on the far West Side late last month was identified by agency officials Tuesday as 33-year-old Deputy Joseph Trevino.
Businesses’ issues with homeless spur BCSO patrols on San Antonio River Walk
Downtown businesses’ issues with people experiencing homelessness have spurred the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to send deputies on patrol along the River Walk -- though not in great numbers nor with the ability to enforce all the local laws.
Convicted thief under investigation again after accepting $6,800 for never-completed fence work
When Army veteran Tristan Seymour began searching online late last summer for a contractor to build a privacy fence, he went with the one who responded right away: a man who identified himself as Rene Elizondo.
BCSO academy instructor removed from contact with public after groping allegation
A Bexar County Sheriff’s training instructor has been removed from having contact with cadets or the general public after being accused of having inappropriate contact with a detention cadet, BCSO officials confirmed Friday.
Man, 18, arrested after driving on front lawns, doing doughnuts in West Bexar County, deputies say
SAN ANTONIO – A man was arrested after the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said he was “doing doughnuts” and “driving recklessly” in his truck on Ranch View in West Bexar County. Abel Mascorro, 18, was arrested Saturday after deputies said they tried to pull him over for a traffic stop when he lead them on an off-road pursuit and onto other residents’ front lawns. Earlier this afternoon, Bexar County Sheriff’s West Patrol Deputies responded to reports of a reckless driver doing... Posted by Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, March 20, 2021The chase ended when Mascorro’s two front tires blew out, according to the sheriff’s office. Mascorro was arrested by deputies without incident and is facing several charges, including felony evading arrest with a motor vehicle. “We are glad to have placed this suspect into custody, but are even more thankful nobody was injured as a result of the reckless actions this driver took,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
BCSO jailer charged with DWI as torrid pace of deputy arrests continues
SAN ANTONIO – A recently-hired Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested overnight on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, multiple sources confirmed to the KSAT 12 Defenders Tuesday. Colbert is the second BCSO deputy in as many days to face criminal charges. Seven BCSO deputies have already faced criminal charges since the start of 2021, putting the agency on pace to have more than 30 arrests this year. An official statement from BCSO said Colbert had been employed since February and was assigned to the Bexar County Adult Detention Center. She was still in the probationary period and has been terminated according to Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Civil Service rules.
BCSO: Suspect in custody following standoff in far west Bexar County neighborhood
BEXAR COUNTY – 6:51 p.m. Update:After an hours-long standoff in a far west Bexar County neighborhood, a man — once armed with an AR-15 rifle — is now in custody, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are also conducting a second search of the man’s house, which is standard protocol to an incident involving SWAT, Salazar said. The incident was “brought on by most likely PTSD symptoms and there may have been some family stressors ongoing that led to this,” Sheriff Salazar said. Posted by Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 28, 20215 p.m. Update:Negotiations are still underway between a man armed with an AR-15 rifle, Bexar County sheriff deputies and SWAT teams in a far West Bexar County neighborhood. Original:The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents in a far West Bexar County neighborhood to stay inside their homes, as a man armed with a rifle is walking around and “threatening law enforcement.”The sheriff’s office posted about the incident on social media on Sunday afternoon.
Deputies find woman, 52, dead in her home, BCSO says
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s office found a 52-year-old woman dead in her home on Saturday, just days after she was last seen. On Saturday, the sheriff’s office filed a missing person’s report for a 52-year-old woman after one of her co-workers said the woman had not reported to work since Wednesday morning. Due to “details given by co-workers and inclement weather,” the BCSO missing persons unit began to work to find the woman. The sheriff’s office said deputies planned to make a forced entry into the woman’s home on Saturday after they had “no luck” in locating her. Ultimately, deputies decided to enter the house “in the case that the missing person was injured or in need of emergency help,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to KSAT.
BCSO: Search underway after hundreds of immigrants escape refrigerated truck at QuikTrip gas station
SAN ANTONIO – A search is underway for more than 100 smuggled immigrants who took off into the woods after fleeing from a refrigerated truck at a QuikTrip gas station in south Bexar County, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar. The incident happened around 6 p.m. Thursday at the QT gas station near IH-37 and Loop 1604. ￼ Posted by Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, February 18, 2021The truck had been modified to help the smugglers avoid detection, according to officials. Those who have been accounted for are being held in the gas station, pending further investigation. The sheriff’s office is still working to account for everyone involved.
BCSO: Inmate dies shortly after suffering stroke at area hospital
SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County inmate has died shortly after suffering a stroke while in an area hospital, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar. Inmate Gerald Irey, 71, was sent to University Hospital on Feb. 8, and was then taken to a secure part of the hospital on Feb. 9, according to Sheriff Salazar. Ivey had an “altered mental status,” according to the BCSO and in the last couple of days, Irey suffered a stroke. Shortly after, he was then admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, according to Salazar. As of around 9:35 a.m., Sunday, Sheriff Salazar said he was notified that Irey had died at the hospital.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar fired more than 100 deputies during his first term, very few were reinstated
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar fired more than 100 deputies during his first term in office and only a handful were able to win back their jobs, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show. The termination records, which cover 2017 through the end of last year, show that 102 deputies were dismissed from the agency. Only five deputies were ever reinstated, either through civil service or a court order, the records show. The money went to a detention deputy who was fired and then reinstated in 2019. Only two of the reinstated deputies, Sgt.
BCSO searching for man tied to shooting of Balcones Heights police officer
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office put out an advisory for this suspect involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer. SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man believed to be involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer on Wednesday afternoon. The Balcones Heights Police Department confirmed that a sergeant was shot during an incident on Wednesday. Surveillance images released by the sheriff’s office show a man in a Manu Ginobli jersey and dark pants carrying a bag. Anyone with information on the identity or location of the man is asked to call BCSO at 210-335-6000.
Balcones Heights police officer critically wounded, suspects sought following shooting at apartment complex
BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – A sergeant with the Balcones Heights Police Department was critically wounded after he was shot Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of an apartment complex, officials said. Joey Sepulveda was undergoing surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center for wounds in the neck and shoulder, Balcones Heights Mayor Suzanne DeLeon said. At least three suspects are being sought in connection with the shooting. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office put out an advisory for this suspect involved in the shooting of a Balcones Heights police officer. “My hat is off to that secondary officer,” Salazar said.
BCSO deputy suspended for making unauthorized traffic stops in his personal vehicle
SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was suspended 10 days late last year after admitting to making unauthorized traffic stops while off duty and in his personal vehicle, BCSO suspension records reveal. Deputy Christopher Jackson, a 19-year veteran of BCSO assigned to court security, was detained following the late April incident but was later released without being criminally charged. (KSAT)An internal affairs investigation determined that Jackson broke rules related to assisting the public and making unauthorized stops. Records show in December 2011, Jackson threatened to arrest a woman, even though he was off duty, and threatened to physically assault a fellow deputy. The incident was witnessed by at least five people not associated with BCSO, records confirm.
23-year BCSO veteran dies after battle with COVID-19
Jesse Zamarron, a 23-year veteran with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office died on Jan. 22, 2021 after a long battle with COVID-19. SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a 23-year veteran, Deputy Jesse Zamarron, who died Friday while battling COVID-19. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed the news Friday, calling it a “very, very sad occasion.”“Obviously, we’re a family in law enforcement,” Salazar said. Currently, 52 detention deputies, 12 law enforcement deputies, 11 civilian employees and 77 inmates are battling the virus, Salazar said. The sheriff’s office continues to sanitize the jail regularly in an effort to curb the spread.
Bexar County Sheriff’s lieutenant who shared photos from deadly Capitol riot claims she was unaware of bloodshed
A Bexar County Sheriff’s lieutenant under investigation for being at a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week claims she was hundreds of feet behind rioters and was unaware of the bloodshed taking place in front of her.
BCSO: Man shot in head, hospitalized after threatening manager of VFW post with machete
A man is hospitalized after walking into a Veterans of Foreign Wars post and getting shot by the manager after threatening him with a machete, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. SAN ANTONIO – A man is hospitalized after walking into a Veterans of Foreign Wars post and getting shot by the manager after threatening him with a machete, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened around 9 p.m., Saturday, at a VFW post in the 8700 block of FM 1560 on the far West Side. Deputies said the man threatened the manager with the machete in hand, and that’s when the manager shot him in the head. RELATED: Search underway for suspects involved in sports club stabbing, San Antonio police say
BCSO: Search underway for missing teen in Bexar County
Samantha H. Andutan was last seen at 8:30 p.m., Jan. 3 in the 12000 block of Lone Star Leaf. SAN ANTONIO – A search is underway for a missing 15-year-old girl in Bexar County, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Samantha H. Andutan was last seen at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 in the 12000 block of Lone Star Leaf. Anyone found to be harboring Samantha may face charges for harboring a runaway, which is a Class A Misdemeanor, according to the BCSO. The charge is punishable up to one year in jail with a fine of up to $5,000.
Constable makes history, swears in as first Black woman to serve in position
SAN ANTONIO – Kathryn Brown has now officially sworn in as a constable in Bexar County Precinct 4, making history at the same time. Now sworn in, Brown became the county’s first-ever Black woman to take the oath as constable. Positions have been cut in the precinct, Brown said they went from having 16 deputy constables to 12 and she hopes to change that in the future. Brown has nearly two decades of experience with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Read also:Kathryn Brown becomes first Black woman elected as Bexar County ConstableAdKathryn Brown vying to be first Black woman Bexar County constable in race against Larry Ricketts in Precinct 4
Twice-accused spousal abuser is the latest troubled deputy inherited by Sheriff Salazar
RELATED: BCSO deputy arrested for assaulting spouse for second time, officials sayIt was a different version of events than had been previously described to BCSO officials. A subsequent investigation determined that not only had Garza used “unnecessary force” on the inmate but he had then lied during a polygraph test when asked about the incident, BCSO records show. Showed up in full uniformGarza is the latest BCSO deputy whose involvement in a high-profile incident has caused past discipline problems to rise to the surface. Alisha Farmer was also accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the elderly couple, BCSO records show. Salazar, meanwhile, said he is taking steps now to make BCSO a better agency in the future.
BCSO investigating counterfeit money scheme in Schertz
Images of items seized by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. SCHERTZ, Texas – Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies found drugs, counterfeit money and tools to continue making the fake currency during a welfare check in Schertz on Friday. “Upon searching the vehicle, they found what appeared to be counterfeit money, several hundred dollars in counterfeit money,” Salazar said. “But additionally, they found supplies to continue making counterfeit money and possibly checks.”This is a developing story. Related: Two men arrested in connection with shooting in far West Bexar County, sheriff says
Two men arrested in connection with shooting in far West Bexar County, sheriff says
SAN ANTONIO – Two men were arrested Friday in connection with a shooting in far West Bexar County, the sheriff’s office said. The man who was shot and the man who shot him are have both been arrested, records show. Odniel Ya Padilla Ramirez and Alphonso Nollie were arrested in connection with the shooting. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the situation is “convoluted” and could have ended worse for both men. No children were present at the time of the shooting, Salazar said.
BCSO arrests one in connection with fatal shooting of man, 14-year-old boy
Bexar County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested one of two men they believe are responsible for the shooting deaths of a man and 14-year-old boy. Before arresting Dears, deputies talked to two witnesses inside the car with Smith and Carter when the shooting happened, searched cell phones found at the scene and reviewed surveillance footage of the shooting, according to Dears’ arrest affidavit. Dears has no prior criminal history in Bexar County, online court records showed. The shooting was part of a recent uptick in violent crime on the Northeast Side. In response to the incidents, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deployed a mobile substation to add additional patrolling in the area.
Have you seen this woman? Deputies say she was last seen on San Antonio’s Southwest Side
SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a woman who disappeared on San Antonio’s Southwest Side. According to the sheriff’s office, Tracy Lynn Huffmaster, 52, was last seen leaving a residence at 12 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the 100 block of Carousel Drive, in the Vally Hi area. Investigators believe Huffmaster may be in the area of Interstate Loop 410 and Interstate Highway 90 west, near the Westwood subdivision. If you have any information on the whereabouts or believe you may have recently seen Huffmaster, contact the sheriff’s office at (210)335-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Related: Rescue organization suspends search for Texas State student who disappeared near Luling
Federal lawsuit raises questions about BCSO deputy’s 2018 shooting of man
A passenger in the truck driven by Espinosa was not injured during the shooting. The suit claims Day returned to Espinosa’s truck with his gun drawn and told Espinosa he was under arrest. As Espinosa attempted to put the truck into park, it slipped into gear and lunged forward, according to the lawsuit. “Officer X was angry; screamed racial epithets simultaneously with commands to get down and threats that Officer X will shoot Espinosa,” according to the suit. BCSO officials declined official comment on the lawsuit Thursday and referred inquiries to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.