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Published on June 23, 2024
Atascosa County Deputy Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Man Amid Domestic Disturbance CallSource: Google Street View

An officer with the Atascosa County Sheriff's Office fatally shot a man on Friday night during a response to a domestic disturbance call. The confrontation occurred in the Royal Oaks Subdivision just off FM 476, where deputies had been summoned for previous incidents involving domestic disputes. The slain individual was identified as 42-year-old Richard Albert Viscarra Jr., who reportedly advanced on the responding deputy with a large butcher knife.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputy had first spoken to Viscarra's wife outside her residence. She described her husband as being argumentative and punching the walls inside their home. As reported by KENS 5, when Viscarra appeared at the door wielding a knife, the deputy commanded him to come outside. Defying orders to drop his weapon, Viscarra allegedly moved toward the deputy in a threatening manner, which led the officer to discharge his firearm.

The deputy shot four times, with all bullets striking Viscarra. Immediate attempts to save his life were made by the deputies present, but Viscarra ultimately succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Following the shooting, his wife told law enforcement officials that Viscarra had previously threatened "suicide by cop," as stated in the News 4 San Antonio report.

As part of the standard procedure, the Texas Rangers have been called to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Sheriff’s office has disclosed that the deputy involved in the shooting is 34 years old and has served in law enforcement for more than four years. He has been placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigation. Further details on the incident will be monitored and reported as the inquiry unfolds.