Amid police shootings, suspect arrested
in Texas officer's death
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[November 22, 2016]
By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A 31-year-old man
was arrested on Monday in the fatal ambush shooting of a San Antonio
police officer, one of four officers shot in the line of duty in Texas,
Missouri and Florida a day earlier.
The attacks on Sunday, which injured three other officers and led to the
shooting death of a suspect, revived memories of deadly ambushes
targeting police in July in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Otis McKane was arrested without incident in a car with woman and a
2-year-old, San Antonio police said, adding they did not know the motive
for the killing of 50-year-old Benjamin Marconi, a 20-year veteran of
the San Antonio force.
He was fatally shot as he sat in his squad car during a routine traffic
stop outside the city's police headquarters.
"Everyone is relieved," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told a
news conference, adding the suspect has a criminal history.
"The fact that he has been taken into custody, that does not negate the
fact that there are people out there who are still targeting police
officers," he added.
The assailant stopped his car behind the police cruiser, walked up and
shot the officer in the head through the window as he was writing a
ticket, McManus told a news conference earlier on Monday.
The gunman then reached through the window, fired a second shot into the
officer, returned to his vehicle and sped away.
A total of 57 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire
so far this year, a 68 percent increase from the same period in 2015.
Also on Sunday, a 46-year-old St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the
face by a person in a car who pulled up beside the officer's cruiser at
an intersection. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the wounded
officer was conscious and able to speak after the attack.
The suspect was later killed in a shootout after officers spotted his
car, police said on Monday.
Meanwhile, a third police officer was shot on Sunday during a traffic
stop on Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf Coast but was not seriously
hurt, local media reported.
The officer was treated for a shoulder wound, according to the reports,
while the suspect was apprehended at his home on an island off Fort
In a fourth incident, a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri, was
shot and, wounded during a struggle with an armed suspect who tried to
flee after a traffic stop, police said.
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San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, is shown in this
photo provided by the San Antonio Police Department, in San Antonio,
Texas, U.S., November 20, 2016. Courtesy of San Antonio Police
Deparment/Handout via REUTERS
The suspect was killed and a Kansas City police spokeswoman said
investigators were determining whether the officer was shot
accidentally by one his colleagues.
The Texas case is a capital murder, which can result in the death
penalty, prosecutors said.
About four hours before the shooting in San Antonio, surveillance
video showed the suspect had briefly entered police headquarters and
asked a question of a desk clerk before leaving.
McManus said it was not immediately known why the suspect entered
the building, and he declined to say what the clerk was asked.
"This is everyone's worst nightmare," McManus said. Referring to the
recent ambush killings of police officers in Texas and Louisiana, he
said, "Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it's happened
The latest shootings come amid an intense national debate over the
role of law enforcement and especially the use of force by officers
(Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles, Jon Herskovitz
in Austin, Chris Michaud and Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by
Jeffrey Benkoe and Cynthia Osterman)
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