SAN ANTONIO, TX—On Sunday, Nov. 20, at approximately 11:40 a.m., Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, of the San Antonio Police Department was fatally shot in the head at a traffic stop across from the downtown police headquarters.
The incident occurred on West Nueva Street and Santa Rosa Street. According to SAPD Police Chief William McManus, the suspect, drove up behind the officer’s car in a black Mitsubishi Galant with custom rims. The suspect got out of his car and walked to the passenger side of the officer’s squad car where he shot the officer in the head. The suspect then reached into the squad car and fired another shot into the officer’s head. He then walked back to his vehicle and fled the scene. The officer was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The fatal shooting comes in lieu of a St. Louis police officer who remains in critical condition after an ambush on Sunday. A New York Police Department officer was killed in Bronx on November 5. Five months prior to the NYPD officer shooting, five officers were killed in Dallas while working a protest for the shootings of African-American men by authorities in Minnesota and Louisiana. The shooting was the deadliest law enforcement tragedy since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The suspect in the San Antonio shooting is described as a African-American male, standing about 5 feet and 7 inches to 6 feet tall. He was seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and baggy black pants. He is believed to be between the ages of 20-30 years old, with a slim build and a goatee. He is also believed to have been driving a black sedan with chrome rims, assures McManus.
A photo was released by the SAPD of a man they believe has information about the shooting. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call (210) 224-7867. Crimestoppers is willing to pay up to $10,000 for any information that may lead to the shooter’s whereabouts.