Update: The murderer has been identified.
This is the putrid scum that assassinated 25 year veteran San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi in cold blood Sunday 11-20-16 pic.twitter.com/hBlM81smyJ
— TrumpTransitionTeam (@rharrisonfries) November 21, 2016
A San Antonio police officer Det. Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force, is dead following an apparent ambush shooting Sunday, Breaking 911 reported. He won’t be around for his family on Thanksgiving or Christmas, not this year, not ever again.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the officer had pulled over a vehicle and while he was inside his squad car writing a ticket, a car pulled up behind him. He says the driver of that car got out, walked up to the officer’s driver-side window and shot the officer once in the head and then shot in the head again, then walked back to his car and drove away, McManus said.
The was right outside police headquarters.
A large manhunt is underway for the gunman.
He is described as a black male wearing a hoodie, baggy pants, and beard. Approximately 5’7.
The man who shot the officer is not believed to have any relationship to the original motorist who was pulled over, and no motive has been identified.
“We consider this suspect to be extremely dangerous and a clear threat to law enforcement officers and the public,” McManus said.
The shooting came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas who were working a protest about the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.