San Antonio PD Chief Fires Rookies Who Ran, Left Sergeant Alone In Gunfight

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the terminated rookies belonged in a different career field.

San Antonio, TX – Two San Antonio police officers were fired after they ran away from an officer-involved shooting on Monday.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told WOAI that the probationary officers were riding with Sergeant Steven Castillo at about 2:50 a.m. on March 4 when he responded to a disturbance at a home on Spring Dale Street.

Officers arrived at the residence to learn that parents had called them for help in getting their son, Daniel Moncada, under control.

They said their 27-year-old son was “throwing things around the house causing a disturbance,” the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Sgt. Castillo led his probationary officers to Moncada’s bedroom, where he confronted the man, according to WOAI.

Detectives said that Moncada opened fire with a shotgun at Sgt. Castillo.

Sources later told WOAI that the two probationary officers had run away when the shooting started.

Moncada was hit multiple times in the gun battle with the sergeant, WOAI reported.

An ambulance transported Moncada to University Hospital where he died, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Chief McManus called the incident an “unavoidable shooting.”

Probationary officers are rookie officers who have graduated from the police academy less than a year earlier and are able to be fired without cause.

On Wednesday, Chief McManus said he had terminated both probationary officers, according to WOAI.

He also said they were not facing any criminal charges for their behavior at the scene of the shooting.

“I felt it best that these two officers need to look for another profession,” Chief McManus told WOAI.

“We expect officers to react in a certain way and it didn’t happen," the chief said. "In order to protect SAPD officers we felt it best to let these officers go."

Sgt. Castillo, a 26-year veteran of the force, was placed on administrative duty while the officer-involved shooting is investigated, as is protocol, WOAI reported.

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Righton17
Righton17

Definitely the right move. This reminds me of the FL school shooting where an officer, named Peterson, stood outside a building and listened to kids being killed and told other officers to avoid the building where the kids were being killed because shots were being fired. I still shake my head on that one. Thankfully the officer here is ok and the punk thug is long gone.

JBo
JBo

Chief was spot on getting rid of these two rooks. The job is tough enough without your partners riding off into the sunset while some nut job with a shotgun is trying to light you up.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

How the hell do you ride with two rookies? But beyond that, yes, fully justified.

365
365

Wimps need not apply.

NYCTPD5861
NYCTPD5861

Amazing the heartless men in this generation. In my day I patrolled the NYC subways alone during the midnight shift with an unreliable radio. Prayers for the sgt.

Scattered
Scattered

I'm surprised they made it a year. This could have gone bad in a blink. I would definitely put it in their jackets in big BOLD letters for the next unfortunate department. Scary!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

That is one thing NEVER acceptable in this profession! Unfortunately, you must rid those who aren't TRUE BLUE!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

COWARDICE is not needed in this line of work. It’s not for everyone so all of you “I’ve always dreamt of being a police officer” hopefuls, think that carrying a gun and wearing a badge on your chest is just about getting chicks and with your uniform and drinking all night, then think again and dig really deep into yourselves and think twice. We don’t need to have officers getting hurt or worse, because when your “dream” becomes a reality, that ain’t the time to bitch up and realize it air for you. And yes there are those like these 2 pussies, in every department. They watch so much T.V., play too much video games, never been in a fight in their life, never been yelled at by their dads, sheltered, told by their parents that “you are the best at what you do, you never did anything wrong”, and most of all they think their “entitled.” That’s the new generation of Officer that’s applying thinking they have what it takes because they have a college degree in something that has nothing to do with police work. The most book smart officer is not always the best officer.

GBF
GBF

I agree with the chief's decision. There are a few careers out there that are not for everyone. Most public safety careers fall under that rule. PS is more of a calling then a job/career. It doesn't make you a bad person if you are not cut out for the job. In fact I respect those who admit it's not their line of work more than I do the one's who know in their heart it's not the job for them yet continue to do it and put brothers and sister's lives in danger.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

WHOA.. They definitely did not have their fellow officers back. I hope these two never decide to join the military either.

Wood Badge
Wood Badge

Cowardice is in the military too... Anyone remember Bowe Bergdahl

Derrickmcmullen
Derrickmcmullen

Be more specific when you're referring to military cowards.

RPG156
RPG156

Everybody wants to be a hero until it comes time to do hero stuff....

K9ndn
K9ndn
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I deleted that message. InoInted with a huge broad brush. I’ve washed out at least 10 or recycled rookies back because they were book smart but didn’t have the warrior spirit to back a fellow officer. It was a ignorant comment sorry guys no coffee yet this morning.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Only good thing about this is that the true colors of the two trainees came out before they passed probation...

ExLeoTrucker
ExLeoTrucker

Glad the PD found out what they were made of before the end of probie period. Not everyone who complete their training and graduates are cut out to do the job, Thankfully the Sgt. wasn't hurt.

SDLucas
SDLucas

good call

Luke001
Luke001

Glad to hear he did what needed to be done. To many departments would of try to retrain the failed officers who would of been even a greater liability to the fellow officer, community and the department.

new2lv2
new2lv2

Great job Sergeant. Good Call Chief.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Did they run to a position of cover, or did they run out of the houseand down the street? Will probably get quietly rehired in a rich suburb. Maybe the chief has already arranged for that.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Yes the trainees just didn't "have what it takes" to be cops. Of the requirements pride, integrity and guts, they were lacking the guts.

DFaumuina
DFaumuina

...and then Sgt. Castillo went back to the station to whoop the rookies asses and then had a few drinks! Way to go Sarge!! #StartWorkTogether #GoHomeTogether

R8S
R8S

There is an ass whooping coming when the Sgt catches up with those rookies

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

Broward County sheriff will be calling them... hired.

Hasbeenthere
Hasbeenthere

And these types of officers are what every department is looking for now. No life experience.