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Police 'Ambush' Suspect Was Upset Over Custody Battle

'I lashed out at someone who didn't deserve it'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2016 4:05 AM CST
Police Shooting Suspect Was Upset Over Custody Battle
This photo provided by the San Antonio Police Department shows Otis Tyrone McKane.   (San Antonio Police Department)

(Newser) – The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective says he was angry about a child custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it." Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when he told reporters that he was angry with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Benjamin Marconi. "I've been through several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in, and I lashed out at someone who didn't deserve it," McKane said, per the AP. He said he wished to apologize to the family of the slain officer.

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McKane, 31, of San Antonio, was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of Marconi. The 50-year-old detective, a 20-year veteran of the force, was shot as he sat in his squad car Sunday after making a traffic stop. Authorities have said a gunman walked up to Marconi's driver's-side window and fired. Before the arrest, SAPD Chief William McManus said he believed the suspect visited police headquarters hours before the shooting and "the uniform was the target." Marconi's shooting was one of four attacks on police officers in four cities in a 24-hour period. (Read more San Antonio stories.)

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