San Antonio Police Killing Is 'Everyone's Worst Nightmare'

Officer was 20-year veteran
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2016 3:27 PM CST
Updated Nov 20, 2016 4:39 PM CST
"This is the vehicle seen fleeing headquarters after the shooting."   (San Antonio PD)

(Newser) – What began as an unremarkable traffic stop ended up a murder scene in San Antonio just before noon on Sunday. While near San Antonio Police Headquarters, Detective Benjamin Marconi pulled over a driver for a traffic violation, reports KENS5. As the 50-year-old officer sat in his patrol car writing a ticket, a black vehicle stopped behind the car, and a man emerged. He strode to the patrol car's driver's window, fired a shot into Marconi's head, and then reached in and shot the 20-year veteran of the force a second time, reports CNN, in what Police Chief William McManus frames as a targeted killing. "This is everyone's worst nightmare," he adds.

WOAI describes the suspect as a bearded black male who stands 5-foot-7. The car is described as a black Toyota or Nissan, and an image has been released. McManus says police do not have a motive at this time. For the time being, SAPF officers will only conduct traffic stops with backup, he adds. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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