A POLICE officer writing out a traffic ticket to a motorist was shot to death in his squad car by another driver who pulled up from behind, authorities said.
San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus identified the officer as Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force in Texas.
He said he doesn’t believe the suspect 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.
Later, the US Marshals Service confirmed a person of interest in the killing was being questioned by police. Chris Bozeman of the Marshals Service refused to reveal the name of the detainee or his connection to the crime.
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 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.
The San Antonio Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person pictured. He might have information on the murder of the San Antonio Police Officer.