Sus­pect held af­ter sep­a­rate at­tacks on Texas, Mo., cops

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION - By Jim Sal­ter and David War­ren

A manhunt for a sus­pect in the fa­tal shooting of a vet­eran Texas po­lice de­tec­tive ended Mon­day evening with an ar­rest in the slay­ing, which was one of sev­eral week­end at­tacks that au­thor­i­ties say tar­geted law en­force­ment in mul­ti­ple states.

The San An­to­nio de­tec­tive as well as of­fi­cers in Mis­souri and Florida were con­duct­ing rou­tine tasks Sun­day when they be­came the tar­gets of vi­o­lence.

The de­tec­tive was writ­ing a traf­fic ticket when he was shot to death in his squad car late Sun­day morn­ing out­side po­lice head­quar­ters.

In Mis­souri, a St. Louis po­lice sergeant was shot twice in the face Sun­day evening while he sat in traf­fic in a marked po­lice ve­hi­cle. The sergeant is ex­pected to sur­vive.

Po­lice of­fi­cers were also shot and in­jured dur­ing traf­fic stops in Sani­bel, Fla., and Glad­stone, Miss., on Sun­day night, but au­thor­i­ties have not sug­gested these were tar­geted at­tacks.

The shoot­ings come less than five months af­ter a black mil­i­tary vet­eran killed five white of­fi­cers at a protest in Dal­las — the dead­li­est day for Amer­i­can law en­force­ment since Sept. 11, 2001.

Race was a factor in the Dal­las at­tack, but po­lice have not said if race played a part in any of the at­tacks Sun­day.

In San An­to­nio, po­lice say the sus­pect is black and the of­fi­cer was white. In St. Louis, the sus­pect was black. Po­lice have not re­leased the race of the shot of­fi­cer.

San An­to­nio Po­lice Chief Wil­liam McManus iden­ti­fied the San An­to­nio de­tec­tive killed Sun­day as Ben­jamin Mar­coni, 50, a 20-year vet­eran of the force. At a news con­fer­ence Mon­day evening, McManus said a 31-year-old man, Otis Ty­rone McKane, was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent af­ter the car he was driv­ing was stopped Mon­day af­ter­noon on an in­ter­state.

McManus said ear­lier that he doesn’t be­lieve the sus­pect has any re­la­tion­ship to the mo­torist who was pulled over ini­tially.

At a news con­fer­ence Mon­day morn­ing, McManus said Mar­coni was killed be­cause he was a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Sur­veil­lance video shows the sus­pect at San An­to­nio po­lice head­quar­ters about four hours be­fore Mar­coni was shot. The sus­pect asked a desk clerk a ques­tion but left be­fore re­ceiv­ing an an­swer, said McManus, who de­clined to say what the man asked.

“I don’t know why he was in head­quar­ters,” he said.

St. Louis Po­lice Chief Sam Dot­son de­clined to name the 46-year-old of­fi­cer on his force who was shot Sun­day evening, but said he is a mar­ried fa­ther of three who has been with the de­part­ment for about 20 years.

“This of­fi­cer was driv­ing down the road and was am­bushed by an in­di­vid­ual who pointed a gun at him from in­side of his car and shot out the po­lice of­fi­cer’s win­dow,” Dot­son said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence. That of­fi­cer was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Mon­day.

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as 19-year-old Ge­orge P. Bush III, was wanted for ques­tion­ing in re­cent vi­o­lent crimes that in­cluded sev­eral rob­beries, a car­jack­ing and per­haps a killing, Dot­son said. He didn’t elab­o­rate.

Po­lice said Bush’s weapon was re­cov­ered from the scene.

Po­lice said Bush was later killed in a shootout with of­fi­cers.


Faith Reyna leaves flow­ers Mon­day at a me­mo­rial for a slain San An­to­nio of­fi­cer.

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