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San Antonio man dies protecting nephew after shootout

January 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
San Antonio man dies protecting nephew after shootout

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A man, who authorities say confronted an armed criminal holding his nephew at gunpoint, died after a shootout on Friday evening on the Southeast Side of San Antonio.

The death of the victim, identified as 61-yer-old, is believed to be the 150th homicide in San Antonio in 2016, breaking the city’s all-time high of 142 killings in the year of 1995.

San Antonio Police Department Sergeant David Renn said a man drove up to a residence at approximately 5:30 p.m. and approached someone standing outside the house.

The suspect then reportedly pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and began making demands, according to police.

“The person who was confronted with the gun didn’t know what it was about,” Renn added. “He said ‘you know why I’m here,’… and (the nephew) said ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

The gunman then demanded that the nephew, who is in his 20s, go inside of the home. After realizing what was going on, Harmon grabbed a small-caliber handgun from inside the home, went outside and a shootout ensued, The San Antonio Express reported.

Several bullets fatally hit Harmon, while the suspect was shot once in the ear.

Neighbors overheard the shots and contacted authorities.

Renn said emergency personnel arrived on the scene and tried to save Harmon, but he was pronounced dead a short time later in the driveway of the house.

Neither the nephew nor any other individuals inside the home were hurt during the shootout.

The suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle driven by a woman. However, moments later, the purported gunman called 911 from a parking lot.

Doctors at San Antonio Military Medical Center treated the alleged shooter, who remains in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Renn said the nephew told authorities that he did not know the gunman or the female sitting in the vehicle.  “We’re talking to witnesses and getting the other party’s side of the story that was also involved,” Renn stated.

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