An 84-year-old woman was fatally shot by SWAT officers during a standoff with her mentally ill son in Bexar County, Texas.
Amelia Huron-Macias was fatally shot March 7 after her son, Fernando Macias, began a standoff with Bexar County deputies and DPS troopers in the 9200 block of Saddle Trail in the Stage Coach Hills subdivision in Northwest Bexar County, reported My San Antonio.
According to a DPS report, DPS SWAT arrived to switch out with Bexar County SWAT when the man opened fire.
“DPS SWAT officers began receiving gunfire from a second-floor window, behind the cover of window blinds,” the report states.
“DPS SWAT officers identified and announced the suspect firing at them from the second-floor window was wearing a red shirt. DPS SWAT officers returned fire at the perceived threat.”
The problem is that they were not firing at the threat, they were firing at an innocent, unarmed woman, who they say was a hostage.
When SWAT eventually stormed the building, they realized both people were wearing red shirts.
According to My San Antonio, the standoff started approximately 7 p.m. on March 6, when deputies tried to serve Macias with a mental health warrant and to do a welfare check on Huron-Macias, who lived with him.
Macias refused to let them into his house, and reportedly opened fire when they forced their way in through the back door.
The standoff lasted about 25 hours before Macias was captured and taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries before he was taken to Bexar County Jail.
During the standoff, bullet fragments hit 2 Bexar County SWAT officers in their faces and upper bodies. A bullet also hit a ballistic shield that another deputy had been carrying.
Macias faces 3 counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer.