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Man accused of slashing SAPD patrol vehicle tire near Kevin Johnson shooting scene charged with criminal mischief

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police on Friday arrested a person accused of slashing a patrol vehicle tire as officers clashed with onlookers following the March 14 shooting dying of Kevin Johnson.

Valentin Jimenez Jr., 21, was taken into custody Friday on a warrant stemming from the incident.

Jimenez is accused of slashing the tire of a Park Police officer who responded near Laurel Street and Hamilton Avenue to help with crowd management.

The incident occurred as a tensions rose within the West Side neighborhood within the instant aftermath of the shooting dying of Johnson, 28, who was shot and killed after pulling a handgun whereas working from officers.

SAPD officers on April 1 launched footage of the deadly encounter, which confirmed Johnson soar off a bicycle and run from officers for about two metropolis blocks earlier than stumbling by way of a shallow creek.

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In a narration of the video, SAPD Deputy Chief Chris Benavides stated officers noticed a gun in Johnson’s proper hand as he exited the creek.

Officers repeatedly shouted for Johnson to drop the gun as he appeared to journey and roll ahead into the embankment on the opposite facet of the creek.

After one officer stated Johnson had a gun in his hand and officers yelled, “Gun! Gun! Gun!” they fired a flurry of photographs at Johnson, killing him, the footage exhibits.

A handgun was recovered on the scene. SAPD officers included a nonetheless picture of the grass-covered gun, with a bullet lodged at an angle within the chamber, within the April 1 video launch.

Jimenez was amongst a big crowd of individuals who gathered near the scene following Johnson’s dying.

The crowd chanted obscenities, rocked an SAPD vehicle and slashed a police vehicle’s tire, based on footage and audio captured by a KSAT digicam, and a patrol vehicle’s windshield was shattered by a big object.

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SAPD investigators reviewed officer body-worn digicam footage and dashboard digicam footage to find out {that a} man matching Jimenez’s description was chargeable for slashing the tire, the arrest warrant states.

SAPD officers took Jimenez into custody on excellent visitors warrants April 12. When questioned concerning the tire slashing incident, Jimenez admitted that he was chargeable for the harm, based on the warrant.

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