San Marcos PD: Man fired gun after dispute, tried to run over officer

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A man accused of firing a gun after a dispute and attempting to run over a San Marcos police officer as he fled the scene was arrested Sunday in San Antonio.

Martin Avila III, 24, was charged with attempted murder and attempted capital murder and his bond was set at $500,000.

Police say Avila, his 18-year-old brother and a friend were involved in a disturbance with three others at a bar on LBJ Drive on Saturday night about 10 p.m. The groups then went their separate ways, San Marcos police said.

Avila proceeded to his vehicle to get a gun and then confronted the three others on Hutchinson Street across from Fire Station 1, SMPD Cmdr. Penny Dunn said.

Avila fired the gun twice, according to witnesses. One of the bullets grazed a man’s right ear the right the side of his head.

Avila then took off on foot, witnesses said.

A SMPD officer and Texas State Police officer chased Avila on foot before Avila told his brother and a friend to get in his car, authorities said.

Avila and his brother got in the car and attempted to strike San Marcos Police Officer Jesse Saavedra at a high rate of speed as they fled the scene, Dunn said.

Saavedra, an 8-year veteran with the department, had to jump over a construction barrier to avoid being hit and fired one shot from his weapon, striking the car.

The officer was placed on administrative leave for the initial stages of the investigation. He was not injured.

“It’s routine to put officers on administrative leave when they are involved in shooting incidents pending an internal review,” said Police Chief Howard Williams.

The man grazed by the bullet was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

Avila was booked into Bexar County Jail after being arrested at his home by San Antonio police officers Sunday about 12:30 p.m. He will be transferred to Hays County later this week.

San Marcos police continue to investigate the incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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