SAN ANTONIO — Allison Uribe is not alone in her thoughts and fears.
“I remember getting two text messages and they were identical: 'Allison, what's going on?'” Uribe said.
She is just one of many spouses of San Antonio police officers disturbed these days by the number of shootings involving police since August 24.
According to SAPD, there have been five. Five officers have been injured as a result of the incidents, while police have killed three suspects during the dangerous confrontations.
Uribe said her heart goes out to their families, as well. The shootings, she says, highlight the dangers of the job and the fears families face waiting for their loved ones to come home.
Uribe founded her own ministry to help address the obstacles spouses of first responders may face. She calls it Wives on Duty Ministries.
“I've been ministering to police since 2007,” Uribe said. “This is definitely new ground. And so, to say I know what to say or to have answers, I don't.”
Uribe said her husband, who has spent 21 years in the force, knew some of the officers injured in recent weeks.
“We’re so grateful that our officers are doing well and recovery and going home,” she said. “We can praise God for that.”
However, she said these shootings have caused anxiety.
“What if next time they don't (come home)? What if we do lose somebody?” she asked. “That’s scary to think about. Could it be my husband? Could it be somebody else watching today that's their spouse or their girlfriend or boyfriend or their loved one?”
Uribe said she plans to remain outspoken in her support for the San Antonio Police Department. She said she is hopeful the community will rally behind them as well.
“The community in San Antonio, this is not us,” Uribe said. “This is not us. It really is not.”