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March 05, 2013
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Suicidal corrections officer killed in standoff with Texas police

The man beat his ex-girlfriend, staged a car accident to explain her wounds, then barraged himself in his home for hours

By Ana Ley

SAN ANTONIO — In a bizarre incident early Monday that was broadcast live on TV news, San Antonio police shot and killed a suicidal security guard who had assaulted his former girlfriend, staged a traffic accident to cover it up, then refused to come out of his South Side house for hours.

Armed with a rifle, Jimmy James Garza Jr., 31, was shot multiple times about 6 a.m. when he rushed out of the house toward SWAT officers who had been posted outside for four hours. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the 900 block of Drury Lane, officials said.

Sgt. Javier Salazar, a Police Department spokesman, said that, preliminarily, it appeared that the officers were justified in their actions. “They had a direct threat, and they responded appropriately to protect themselves,” he said. “It was done for the safety of the officers and the public's safety.”

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