http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Survivor_of_fatal_crash_says_off-duty_officer_rammed_truck.html A San Antonio patrolman is on administrative duty after he reportedly chased two brothers suspected in a Southeast Side robbery while off-duty early Sunday. Police are investigating a claim that the officer, a two-year veteran, rammed the brothers' pickup during the chase, possibly leading to a crash which caused one of the men to be ejected from the truck's bed. Ethan Owen, 18, died at 3:40 p.m. Sunday of injuries he sustained in the crash, which occurred just before 5 a.m. on Interstate 10, near Foster Road, on the East Side. His brother, Eric Owen, 23, remained in the Bexar County Jail on Monday on an aggravated robbery charge. Bond was set at $100,000. Officer Alonzio Hardin was at a Walmart in the 2100 block of Loop 410 around 4:20 a.m. Sunday, when he allegedly saw Ethan Owen run away from a crowd of people in the parking lot and jump into the bed of the pickup. He heard the crowd yelling that the suspect had just stolen the woman's purse, said police spokesman Sgt. Chris Benavides.Witnesses called police as Hardin, who was in civilian clothes, got into his personal SUV and followed the men, he said. Hardin didn't have his police radio and did not have lights on his truck, Benavides said. A short chase ensued, and Eric Owen told police that during the 4-mile chase, Hardin repeatedly struck the back of his truck. The report states Ethan Owen threw an object at Hardin's SUV, and just before the crash, he allegedly pointed a shotgun at Hardin. Hardin never identified himself as a police officer, Benavides said. (The officer) feared for his life and thought by ramming the suspect vehicle he could stop the course of action, an incident report states. Before the trucks hit, (the officer) heard a boom,' and saw the truck drive into a ditch and crash into a retaining wall. Officers recovered the woman's purse and a shotgun with one spent shell still in the barrel from the truck, police said. Police believe the boom Hardin heard was shotgun blast. Benavides said it appears Hardin acted appropriately, although the investigation continues. Even while off-duty, police officers are charged with the responsibility to protect lives and property, according to the San Antonio Police Department's general manual. Although Eric Owen told police he didn't know what his brother was doing at Walmart and drove away because his brother yelled, Go, friends and relatives of the men say the older brother heavily influenced his younger sibling, which yearned for his approval. He always wanted to impress his big brother, said Merritt Mock, 24. What happened Sunday morning was not Ethan it's not him at all. The brothers, who were on a roping team together, were knuckle-heady kids, said their father, Norman Owen, but family members never expected events to unfold as they did Sunday morning. Eric had some problems growing up, he said, but it was just tickets. The boys were close, and the family is pretty well tore (sic) apart right now. Friends recall Ethan Owen's willingness to help others and generally pleasant demeanor. We would always go to dances, and Ethan would dance with everybody, Mock said. He didn't care if you were 5-feet-2-inches and 5,000 pounds, or if you looked like Barbie.