Po­lice of­fi­cer fa­tally shot while writ­ing ticket

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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 iden­ti­fied the of­fi­cer as De­tec­tive Ben­jamin Mar­coni, 50, a 20-year vet­eran of the force.

McManus said the sus­pect had not been ap­pre­hended on Sun­day night. He said he doesn’t be­lieve the man has 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,” said McManus, who added that af­ter the shoot­ing of­fi­cers had been in­structed to not make traf­fic stops alone.

McManus said Mar­coni had pulled over a ve­hi­cle and while he was in­side his squad car writ­ing a ticket, a car pulled up be­hind him. The driver of that car got out, walked up to the of­fi­cer’s driver-side win­dow and shot Mar­coni twice in the head, then walked back to his car and drove away. Mar­coni was pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal. McManus said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into all leads and mo­tives, in­clud­ing whether it could be re­lated to an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing ear­lier on Sun­day in the city. In that in­ci­dent, McManus said, po­lice fa­tally shot a man who pointed a gun at of­fi­cers out­side an apart­ment fol­low­ing a seven-hour stand­off. “Hope­fully, we’ll solve this one real quick,” McManus said. The po­lice depart­ment posted a photo of a man on its Face­book page on Sun­day evening, say­ing “he might have in­for­ma­tion on the mur­der” of Mar­coni. Po­lice are ask­ing for as­sis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing the man, who is shown wear­ing a hat and walk­ing in the photo.

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

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 Septem­ber 11, 2001. — AFP

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