SAN ANTONIO - Last week a SWAT team was called to "The Outpost" apartment complex on UTSA Boulevard. No one was hurt then, but back in March, 20-year-old Randall Perkins was shot and later died after a fight at a party at yet another apartment nearby. Click here to watch...
Now a lawsuit has been filed.
"There was no security being provided at all by the apartmens," explained attorney Fidel Rodriguez Jr. "Despite the fact they had had many, many security breaches and problems of violent nature in the past. We have researched that through the SAPD."
News 4 WOAI also contacted the SAPD. In the last 12 months there have been an average of 200 police calls at three apartments in the area. The Outpost Apartments alone account for about 290 calls.
Dennis Homsby is a UTSA sophomore who lived directly above the apartment that was surrounded by SWAT officers.
“I literally woke up, got out of bed, put clothes on and was out here for six hours -- and there's cops everywhere," recalled Homsby.
This, while Ceivaughn Usby says he had to run for cover.
"A couple of minutes later they threw some tear gas, but they overestimated how strong the wind was. It blew all the way down there and everybody just had tear gas in their eyes," said Usby.
We now know the apartment in question was empty, and days later two UTSA footbal players were arrested in the case.
Last week when the SWAT incident took place, student residents say a text message from UTSA alerted to the situation.
"I got a text from UTSA saying, 'Don't go to the Outpost. There's something going on. There's some situation.' Hostages or something like that."
To be clear, the apartments in question are out of UTSA control and jurisdiction, but school police do monitor the area says UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera.
"Anytime we have something obviously on campus - a threat to students - and even outside - like in this case, we felt there was a need to let them know what was going on. Our concern are students and residents who live on campus, but we do have programs that try to equip students with safety tips on or off campus," Chief Barrera told News 4 WOAI.
Meanwhile, within the next two weeks more than 30,000 students will be moving in for the fall semester.