(AP) -- Three San Antonio, Tex. police officers were wounded, two
critically, after a man grabbed guns from two of the officers while
they were trying to break up a domestic disturbance at a Denny's
restaurant. One of the wounded officers later shot the man to death.
Officers David Evans, 51, and Michael Muniz, 22, are in critical
condition and underwent emergency surgery. Evans, a 25-year veteran,
was shot in the abdomen and chest; Muniz, who has been a policeman
for only five months, was wounded in his neck and chest.
Officer Nathan Murray, 33, underwent surgery at University Hospital
for a wound to his face; Detective John Bocko, 34, was punched in the
face by the attacker and suffered a bullet graze wound to his back.
The man, Jamie Lichtenwalter, a bouncer, punched Bocko, grabbed his
gun, and eventually fired all 16 rounds in the clip. He later took a
gun from Evans, who was injured and was firing that weapon when he
was shot and killed by Muniz.
PoliceOne would like to remind all officers that there is always at
least one gun involved in any incident you respond to - yours. An
officer's own weapon is one of the leading causes of death in law
enforcement. When approaching suspects, victims or witnesses, pay
particular attention to the hands and the body language of those you
interview. Faces do not kill, so watch all suspects' hands.
It may also be a good time to take a look at your training logs to
locate the last date your agency practiced weapon retention drills.
If it has been a while, make sure you check your holster for
potential issues that may make it venerable to suspect takeovers. If
you have access to training weapons, we suggest you test your holster
and practice weapon retention drills with a partner.