Bexar County

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Early voting has been extremely light in the race to elect a new representative for Bexar County’s House District 118.  Six candidates are vying to succeed Rep. Joe Farias who’s vacating his seat early.

In the first 8 days of early voting just over 2 percent of Bexar County registered voters have gone to the polls.

House District 118 makes up the south and east portions of the county where nearly three-quarters of the residents are Hispanic. 

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Another piece of history along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is going to be restored and turned into a park.

Bexar County Commissioners Court has accepted a donation of the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa from local developer James Lifshutz.

Betty Bueche, Director of Bexar Heritage and Parks Department says the donation of nearly four acres includes ruins and land.

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The investigation of the fatal shooting of Gilbert Flores by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies is now in the hands of the District Attorney’s Office.

The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office received the majority of the investigation from the sheriff’s office of the deputy-involved shooting that occurred last month on Walnut Pass.  Upon receiving the case, the DA’s Office is now tasked with conducting its own review of the evidence.

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Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says a second video of deputies fatally shooting a man whose hands were raised appears to show him carrying what investigators believe was a knife.

Pamerleau told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that the video has been forwarded to the state crime lab to see if the footage can be blown up and slowed down. She says investigators believe 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was holding a knife when he raised both arms.

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After reviewing footage of a man shot to death by Bexar Country sheriff deputies, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau says it’s hard to dispute the man’s hands were in the air when he was shot.  

 

When Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Gilbert Flores’ home, based on his behavior, officers believed Flores had intended to have deputies shoot him, as indicated by 911 audio between dispatchers and emergency responders:

 

Bexar County Dispatcher:  “Yeah that is affirmative, he’s threatening suicide by cop, so make sure you stand down.”

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