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police chaseA man is in custody after ramming an SAPD patrol vehicle, leading authorities on a chase to North Star Mall and barricading himself inside a health clinic for about two hours Tuesday, police said.

The suspect, identified by police as Christopher Barlow, 29, surrendered to authorities after a standoff at a University Health System clinic in the 300 block of Rector Avenue just before 2 p.m.

San Antonio Police Department spokesman Officer Douglas Greene said an officer attempted to pull Barlow over around noon near U.S. 281 and Rhapsody Drive because the truck he was driving was reported stolen.

The suspect rammed the officer’s patrol vehicle, sparking a chase that stretched several miles until the man ditched his truck inside one of the mall’s parking garages, he said.

Barlow then ran into a nearby health clinic and barricaded himself inside the bathroom, Greene said.

Thomas Rockwood, 25, was inside the clinic when Barlow ran inside.

“He just kept saying ‘I need to see a doctor! I need to see a doctor! I need to see a doctor,'” Rockwood said, adding that the man was armed with a handgun.

Before officers arrived, Rockwood said others inside the clinic panicked and tried to hide in rooms.

Greene said police haven’t yet located a gun inside the clinic, but believe he was armed.

Police called in a SWAT team and closed down Rector Avenue, which is adjacent to North Star Mall for about half an hour.

SAPD Chief William McManus said a SWAT team and officers at the scene waited for the suspect to come out, rather than escalating the situation.

Authorities evacuated the clinic but the mall remained open. No injuries were reported.

Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen said Ridgeview Elementary School, which is about a block from the clinic and has a polling site, was locked down while investigators were on scene.

 

mysanantonio.com

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