Sierra Martin | Managing Editor
SAN MARCOS – On Monday, January 24, 2022, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) received an official report from Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau regarding an investigation into the shooting involving SMPD officers that occurred April 10, 2021, and resulted in the death of 31-year-old Rescue Eram.
A Grand Jury review returned a no bill for the two San Marcos Police officers involved and an internal investigation concluded the officers’ actions followed departmental policy.
In the report, District Attorney Mau concluded: “The officer’s reported perceptions are compatible with the body camera footage and other evidence observed at the scene. The officers reasonably perceived Eram’s actions as demonstrating the imminent unlawful use of deadly force, potentially the murder of a peace officer. Eram’s refusal to drop the weapon when demanded at gunpoint raised reasonable concerns about his intentions. Eram’s subsequent sudden charge towards officers with the weapon raised cannot be reasonably interpreted as anything other than a potentially deadly attack.”
At approximately 12:19 a.m. on April 10, 2021, San Marcos officers were alerted to a male walking in traffic on Interstate 35 near southbound mile marker 204 for Seguin (TX-82, TX-123).
Officers witnessed the man (Eram) walk along the retaining wall then cross traffic and attempted to detain the man for his safety and for the safety of passing motorists.
Officers noted that Eram was holding a knife or similar object in his hand, and at one point threatened officers by moving aggressively toward them.
Officers tried to detain Eram, but the suspect turned and fully charged officers with a weapon held above his head in a manner similar to a striking or slashing motion.
The suspect was shot and officers began to administer life-saving efforts including CPR.
Hays County EMS personnel were present at the scene and the suspect was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno and was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office.
Three investigations began after the incident, including an independent investigation by the Texas Rangers Division of the Department of Public Safety, an investigation by the San Marcos Criminal Investigation Division, and an internal SMPD investigation.