An Apple AirTag that was in the truck allowed the owner to locate his vehicle at a shopping center on the Southeast Side, officials reported.
Nick Soliz, a spokesperson for the San Antonio Police Department, told the San Antonio Express-News that the truck owner called police to report his vehicle stolen. However, he did not wait for officers to arrive before he attempted to confront the suspected car thief.
According to authorities, the man found his truck in the shopping center's parking lot. He walked up to the stolen vehicle and planned on confronting the person inside.
Officials could not confirm if the man and the suspected thief argued, but the car theft victim told investigators he believed the suspected thief pulled out a gun, which prompted a “firefight.”
According to Soliz, the suspected thief was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.
Police believe the car thief victim is the only one of the two who fired shots. They couldn’t confirm if there was more than one weapon found at the scene, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
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The car theft victim stayed at scene of the shooting, complied with police and was taken into custody for questioning, authorities said.
Soliz told the San Antonio Express-News that the shooter is not expected to face charges, but the investigation is still ongoing.
"I urge the public to wait for police in this matter," Soliz said, adding, "Let us go with you. We have training."
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