Less than one week after a member of the San Antonio Police Department was murdered, officers and SWAT Team members were deployed in the same area near San Antonio College. The area was flooded earlier today as Multiple police cars and heavily armed SWAT units started locking down an area north of downtown, just blocks from where a police officer was killed and another hospitalized in a shootout.
A police official at the scene said the 500 block of E. Evergreen St. is being sealed off while officers attempt to take a subject into custody at a residence. The first officers arrived at the residence about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, then about 12:30, EMS units responded. An officer at the scene, who declined to be named, said the suspect inside the home is Richard Ruiz Jr., who is wanted on a parole violation.
According to San Antonio Police Department officers Ruiz became a person of interest last week shortly after the two were shot a few blocks away at Howard and Evergreen. Reportedly, Ruiz allegedly made a rude a “gesture” to officers at the scene that were investigating the shooting. In addition, he said something along the lines of, ‘That’s not the end of it,’ an officer said.
Thursday morning, Ruiz and his father, Richard Ruiz Sr., were inside the residence on Evergreen, which is owned by another family member. When someone inside the home threatened to burn down the neighbor’s house, where another family member lives, according to police. Officers responded to the scene, at which point both Ruiz Sr. and Jr. holed up inside. Police have since coaxed Ruiz Sr. outside, but as of 1:50 p.m., Ruiz Jr. remained in the residence, surrounded by heavily armed SWAT officers. An officer said the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was also looking for Ruiz Jr.
Meanwhile, a relative at the scene, who declined to be named, claimed both men are meth addicts and “get tweaked” at the home. “(Ruiz Jr.) will be up for days,” he said. “I seen him one time rolling around on the ground just howling. It’s like what the f— is your problem, dude.”