Slay­ing sus­pect was ‘beef­ing,’ af­fi­davit says

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Metro -

A 19-year-old male who po­lice say opened fire on a man and woman Tues­day, re­sult­ing in the woman’s death, had been “beef­ing,” or ar­gu­ing, with the other man, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit.

John Michael Zim­mers Jr. was ar­rested Thurs­day night af­ter a high-speed chase and faces charges of mur­der, drug pos­ses­sion and evad­ing ar­rest.

Zim­mers is ac­cused in the shoot­ing death of Glo­ria Stephanie Ro­driguez, 36, at about 6:30 p.m. Tues­day near Pecan Val­ley Drive and Pyle Street on the South­east Side.

A wit­ness told po­lice that he, Ro­driguez and an­other man were go­ing to a nearby gas sta­tion to buy some items when he no­ticed a green SUV near the gas pumps, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit. Even­tu­ally, the SUV drove off and the group started walk­ing home.

When they got to Pecan Val­ley Drive and Pyle Street they no­ticed the same SUV at a stop sign. All three crossed the street and kept walk­ing, but the SUV drove up near them.

A gun­man, later iden­ti­fied by wit­nesses as Zim­mers, started shoot­ing, strik­ing Ro­driguez, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. The SUV then sped off.

The wit­ness told po­lice that he had been Zim­mers’ in­tended tar­get, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

An­other man told po­lice that Zim­mers went to his house ask­ing for help af­ter the shoot­ing. The af­fi­davit states that Zim­mers told this wit­ness that he had been in­volved in a shoot­ing but that it was Zim­mers who had been shot at first and he was only re­turn­ing fire.

Zim­mers also told the wit­ness he had been “beef­ing” with one of the men in the group, the af­fi­davit states.

Ac­cord­ing to San An­to­nio po­lice, of­fi­cers search­ing for Zim­mers spot­ted him about 11:45 p.m. Thurs­day near Pecan Val­ley Drive. An of­fi­cer at­tempted a traf­fic stop and a chase en­sued, po­lice said.

Po­lice said the chase reached speeds of 90 mph. Zim­mers smashed into a civil­ian’s ve­hi­cle near Go­liad Road and Pecan Val­ley Drive, au­thor­i­ties said.

Af­ter the col­li­sion, Zim­mers darted into a nearby auto re­pair store, where he was de­tained by po­lice, of­fi­cials said. Paramedics took him and his pas­sen­ger to a hos­pi­tal for mi­nor in­juries.

The two adults in the civil­ian ve­hi­cle Zim­mers crashed into were hos­pi­tal­ized, while the two chil­dren in the ve­hi­cle were un­harmed.

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