We now know the man accused of murdering San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was inside of SAPD Headquarters several hours before the shooting.
“I don’t know why he was in Headquarters. We have several ideas (as to) why he may have been in Headquarters” Chief Wlilliam McManus said Monday Morning.
The Chief said the suspected shooter spoke briefly with a clerk before leaving the building.
Meanwhile, Officers are left to grapple with why it happened.
“They absolutely felt targeted. I felt we were targeted” the Chief said, adding “I think the uniform was the target… and, the first person who happened along was the first person he targeted.”
The search for that man continues, and McManus said no stones are being left unturned.
“We have pulled out all the stops” McManus said.
A somber day for the city of San Antonio.
“SAPD will be burying one of its own because of an ultimate act of cowardess by a suspect who will be caught and brought to justice,” Chief William McManus told reporters Sunday.
The search continues for the suspect who ambushed San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, killing him in the line of duty.
Around 11:45 Sunday morning, the 50-year-old Marconi pulled a car over just outside police headquarters downtown.
“An unknown suspect parked his vehicle behind Detective Marconi’s patrol car and approached him while he was sitting behind the wheel of his patrol vehicle,” the Chief said. “When the suspect reached the driver’s side door, he fired a gunshot toward Detective Marconi, striking him in the head.”
Then, the shooter did it again.
McManus said the suspect then walked back to his black sedan with tinted windows and chrome rims and drove off.
“Witness reports indicate the suspect to be a dark-complected male, slim build in his 20s or 30s,” he said. “He was wearing grey (baggy) pants and a grey shirt at the time.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the murder of San Antonio Police Detective Ben Marconi.
The suspect was in a black 2009-2015 Mitsubishi Galant.
Mayor Taylor got the message after Church from the police chief: “I certainly was floored by what he told me.”
“I’d like to extend my condolences to the family of Benjamin Marconi and to his brother and sister officers of the San Antonio Police Department,” she said.
She said this type of senseless violence is unacceptable.
“I’m thankful for the life and 20 years of service of Detective Marconi and for the thousands of SAPD officers who work every day to keep us safe,” the Mayor said.
Chief McManus and Mayor Taylor both ask the public to provide tips and information to help police find the shooter.
FULL STATEMENTS ON THE AMBUSH OF DETECTIVE MARCONI:
Governor Greg Abbott: “Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and harshly condemn this horrific act of violence. We ask that all Texans join us in praying for the officer’s loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy. Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice, which is why I look forward to signing my Police Protection Act into law – making targeted attacks against law enforcement a hate crime. ”
Lt Governor Dan Patrick: “We received the sad news today that another Texas police officer has been killed in the line of duty. It appears the officer may have been murdered simply because he was an officer. Jan and I ask you to join us in keeping his family in our prayers. More law enforcement officers have been lost in Texas than in any other state. We cannot tolerate our police officers becoming targets on our streets when they are doing their job, which is why protecting law enforcement must remain a top priority for Texas.”
AG Ken Paxton: “Texans grieve today, yet again, as a courageous police officer was senselessly murdered in the line of duty in San Antonio. My office will support the San Antonio Police Department however we can now and in the days ahead. Angela and I extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to this officer’s family and to his colleagues in San Antonio and around Texas.”
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau: “We are saddened by the tragic and senseless death of an SAPD officer, whose life was cut short today while serving our community. This irrational and malicious act which took the life of one who puts his life on the line each day to serve and protect is shocking to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer, his family, and all who serve with him. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for the suspect and assisting SAPD in the search for this person or persons, and ready to assist in any way.”
SAFD Chief Charles Hood: – “To the family and friends of SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi, who tragically lost his life this morning, I offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that knew him. The San Antonio Fire Department continues to stand strong in unity with our brothers and sisters in blue. In the wake of this tragedy, all SAFD crews have been advised to maintain a heightened state of awareness as we continue to serve our community.”
San Antonio Police Officer’s Association President Mike Helle: ““First and foremost, our prayers and love are with the family of our fallen officer. We will stand by the officer’s family and support them and their needs during this devastating time. The single worst event any police officer can face is the loss of a brother or sister in the line of duty. Words cannot express how deeply this affects every police officer, not just in San Antonio, but across our country. We are all hurting, but we are all a family and we will stand together, protect each other, and protect our families. We will reserve further comment pending the apprehension of the suspect and follow on investigations.”