San An­to­nio po­lice of­fi­cer fa­tally shot while writ­ing ticket

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

A San An­to­nio po­lice of­fi­cer writ­ing out a traf­fic ticket to a mo­torist was shot to death in his squad car Sunday out­side po­lice head­quar­ters by another driver who pulled up from be­hind, au­thor­i­ties said.

San An­to­nio po­lice Chief Wil­liam McManus said the sus­pect is not known and has not yet been ap­pre­hended. A mo­tive is not known.

“This is ev­ery­one’s worst night­mare,” he said.

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 in the head. The man fired a sec­ond time, then walked back to his car and drove away, McManus said.

The of­fi­cer, a 20-year vet­eran of the force, was pro­nounced dead at a hospi­tal.

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.

Ten days af­ter the Dal­las at­tack, a man wear­ing a ski mask and armed with two ri­fles and a pis­tol killed three of­fi­cers near a gas sta­tion and con­ve­nience store in Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana. And ear­lier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area po­lice of­fi­cers were fa­tally shot in sep­a­rate am­bush-style at­tacks while sit­ting in their pa­trol cars.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially in this this day and age, where po­lice are be­ing tar­geted across the coun­try,” McManus said.

Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott called the slay­ing a “hor­rific act of vi­o­lence.” Ab­bott said in a state­ment that “at­tacks against law en­force­ment of­fi­cers will not be tol­er­ated in Texas and must be met with swift jus­tice.”

San An­to­nio Mayor Ivy Tay­lor ex­tended con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the slain of­fi­cer and the en­tire po­lice force.

Some streets down­town were blocked off with po­lice tape as of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated the slay­ing.

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