Balcones Heights, TX – A Sergeant with the Balcones Heights Police Department was shot multiple times on Wednesday during an attempted burglary.
Authorities identified the deputy as Sergeant Joey Sepulveda, an 18-year veteran of the department.
The incident began when the Balcones Heights Police Department were called to an area off I-10 near the Loop 410 interchange and Dewhurst road regarding suspicious activity
“What we know is there were two Balcones Heights officers that responded to a call for suspicious persons, possibly burglary of vehicle,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
Sergeant Joey Sepulveda arrived first on scene and made contact with one of the suspects. Sheriff Salazar said it appears Sgt. Sepulveda may have reached for a taser and then took heavy gunfire. Sgt. Sepulveda was shot multiple times, but was able to return fire before he fell.
Another officer on scene, Officer Edgard Ortiz, was able to drag Sgt. Sepulveda to his patrol unit and transport him to a local hospital. Citizens in the area also helped getting the wounded officer inside the vehicle.
Sgt. Sepulveda is listed in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder, and arm. He is out of surgery and is responsive.
Investigators are working with multiple crime scenes and have identified suspects.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar warned two suspects that are wanted for the shooting: “Call us and turn yourself in,” he said during a press conference. “You are not going to get away with this. We’re not going to let you have one moment’s rest until we get you into custody. Your best bet is to call us, turn yourselves in and surrender peacefully.”
Sheriff Salazar identified the suspects as Wilfredo Montemayor, 27, and his brother Sijifredo Montemayor, 30. Authorities say Wilfredo is believed to be the shooter, and Sijifredo drove the getaway vehicle.
If you have information on the whereabouts of the suspects, contact law enforcement immedatiately.
We wish Sergeant Joey Sepulveda a speedy recovery.
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