Who is San-Marcos Shooting Suspect Rescue Eram?
The man who died after being shot by police in an incident along Interstate 35 Saturday has been identified.
The San Marcos Police Department said the man was 31-year-old Rescue Eram, who was a resident of San Marcos for a couple of years.
How old was Rescue Eram?
He was 31 years old
Rescue Eram Investigations
A joint investigation with the Texas Rangers and the SMPD Criminal Investigations Division is underway. Another internal administrative investigation for SMPD has also been opened.
City officials said police saw a man, later identified as 31-year-old Rescue Eram, walking along the retaining wall on I-35 and cross traffic. Officers attempted to detain Eram “for his safety and for the safety of passing motorists,” according to a news release from the city.
Officials said Eram was holding a weapon that appeared to be a knife and that he threatened officers by moving aggressively toward them.
Officers tried to de-escalate the situation before Eram turned and ran in front of traffic, almost resulting in a crash with an 18-wheeler semi-trailer truck, according to officials.
Authorities still attempted to arrest him, but Eram then “turned and fully charged officers with a weapon that was held above his head,” that was similar to “a striking or slashing motion,” according to the city.
He was then shot by officers and police then began to administer life-saving efforts, including CPR. He died of his injuries officials said.
Rescue Eram Death
Eram’s death is the subject of three separate investigations. The groups investigating include the Texas Rangers Division of the Department of Public Safety, the San Marcos Criminal Investigation Division, and an internal SMPD investigation.
Two officers have been placed on administrative leave, as part of the department’s policy. The names of the officers have not yet been released.
Rescue Eram Criminal Record
Records show Eram had been arrested once in San Marcos in November 2019. He was cited with disregarding a traffic barrier, failure to yield to emergency vehicles and having an expired registration. He was also indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence in connection with the same case.