SAPD responds to domestic disturbance call that ended in deadly force


SAN ANGELO, Texas – On Sunday, November 29, 2020, at approximately 0026 hours, San Angelo Police Department Dispatch was contacted in regards to a Domestic Disturbance with an Assault in Progress in the 2100 block of Raney St.

Preliminary information indicates that a juvenile caller told Dispatch that a male suspect was actively assaulting a female subject by punching her. Dispatch was further told by the caller that the assault was continuing and was moving between rooms inside the residence.

When Officers arrived on scene they located the male and female subjects. An altercation ensued during which time the male suspect displayed a knife. Officers utilized less lethal devices, but these were unsuccessful. The male suspect refused commands and approached Officers, at which time an Officer utilized deadly force and shot the male suspect.

Officers began life saving measures on the male suspect who was then transported to an area Hospital by San Angelo Fire Department, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The involved San Angelo Police Department Officers were not injured.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Adam Lee Mendez of San Angelo.

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Scene Investigation, and Office of Professional Standards responded. The Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.

The involved Officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure for Officer involved shootings.

Any further release of information will be made by the Texas Rangers Office of Public Information.

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