Officer John Lee Not Fired

A San Antonio police officer who shot and killed a suspect he thought was holding a gun will keep his job, for now.

Officer John Lee was served with notice of “contemplative indefinite suspension” following the shooting death of Antronie Scott last month in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the North Side .

He claims Scott, who was wanted on 2 felony warrants, got out of his car and moved toward him in an aggressive manner holding something in his hand. That object turned out to be a cell phone.

After meeting with Lee Monday, Police Chief William McManus issued a statement saying he has determined that additional training, not disciplinary measures, would be the most appropriate action.

However, Lee remains on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation by the Bexar County District Attorney’s office.

Meanwhile,  the San Antonio Police Officers Association is taking a “no confidence” vote on the chief’s leadership.

“Right now our rank-and-file is receiving their ballots in the mail and we should have some conclusion by the middle of next week,” said Association President Mike Helle.

He says the issue concerning Lee is the most polarizing he has seen during his 27 years on the force.

“This ‘no confidence’  vote was an outcry from the membership.”

Helle says more than 2,100 officers will cast ballots.


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