Suspect in Cop Killing Was in Police HQ Before Attack: Chief

'I think uniform was the target': San Antonio police chief on gunning down of Detective Benjamin Marconi
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2016 1:48 PM CST
Suspect in Cop Killing Was in Police HQ Before Attack: Chief
Photo of suspect, via the San Antonio Police Department.   (San Antonio Police Department/Facebook)

(Newser) – A man thought to have gunned down a San Antonio police officer—one of four cop shootings over a 24-hour period this weekend—came into the police department's downtown headquarters just hours before the Sunday morning ambush, reports. SAPD Chief William McManus said at a Monday presser that the suspect strolled into the police station around 7:45am after surveillance video caught him pacing back and forth outside the building, then talked with a clerk in the station's glass-surrounded information center for less than 30 seconds before exiting. About four hours later, Detective Benjamin Marconi was killed in front of police headquarters.

"I think that the uniform was the target, and anyone who happened along was the person he targeted," McManus said, per KTRK, adding: "We consider this suspect to be extremely dangerous to the police and the public." (Read more police shooting stories.)

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