courtesy San Marcos Police Department

Suspect shot, killed in San Marcos officer-involved shooting

January 05, 2019 - 11:19 am

SAN MARCOS (KJCE) -- A suspect was shot and killed by San Marcos police officers Friday night after trying to pull a gun on them during a traffic stop.

San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said just after 9:30 p.m., a 911 caller reported seeing a man shoot a handgun at a vehicle in the 100 block of South LBJ Drive. A bystander told police that the suspect got into the vehicle, which then left the scene.

Officers located the vehicle a short time later, and initiated a "high-risk stop" at the intersection of Hopkins Street and Bishop Street.

Stapp said that as soon as the vehicle came to a stop, the front passenger exited the vehicle and faced the officers. The passenger matched the description of the suspect provided by the 911 caller.

Officers gave the suspect verbal commands to keep his hands up, but he quickly lowered his hands to grab a pistol from his waistband. Both officers opened fire simultaneously, striking the suspect.

Stapp said the pistol was a pellet gun, designed to look like a semi-automatic handgun. "You absolutely could not tell the difference if you were standing two feet away from it," Stapp said.

The suspect, identified as 27-year old John Camacho of Canyon Lake, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Stapp said Camacho had an extensive criminal record including weapons offenses and violent crimes, and was currently on parole.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and is cooperating with police.

Department officials and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, Stapp said.

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