CAPTURED: Suspect Arrested in ‘TARGETED KILLING’ of Officer–5 Things You Need to Know About Him…

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-6-54-33-pmOtis Tyrone McKane has been arrested for the ambush killing of San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi. The 31-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday afternoon without incident. McKane is no stranger to the back of a police car. He has a criminal record and was under surveillance prior to his arrest. Police said “the uniform was the target” for McKane.

Here’s what you should know about this guy:

1. The Gunman Shot Marconi Twice While He Was Writing a Ticket in His Patrol Car, Police Say

Detective Benjamin Marconi pulled over a vehicle for a routine traffic stop near the San Antonio Police Department’s headquarters just before noon Sunday, KSAT-TV reports.

The shooting occurred about 11:40 a.m. on West Nueva Street near Santa Rosa Street.

Police Chief William McManus told reporters the officer was in his patrol car writing a traffic citation when the gunman drove up near him. The shooter got out of his car, walked up to the patrol car and fired once into the vehicle, McManus said. He then reached into the car and fired a second time.

McManus said the officer was shot twice, including at least once in the head.

McManus said the shooter drove through the police department’s parking lot to escape from the scene.

He was also seen earlier Sunday morning on surveillance video entering and exiting the police department’s lobby:

2. McKane Was Convicted of Assaulting His Wife in 2012, Court Records Show

Otis McKane was convicted of assault causing bodily harm on a spouse in 2012, Bexar County, Texas, court records show. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation.

He was also convicted of criminal trespassing in 1994 and sentenced to probation. It is not clear if he has any other convictions or arrests outside of Bexar County. He went to Fox Tech High School in San Antonio.

McKane will be charged with capital murder in the death of Detective Benjamin Marconi, authorities say. He faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.

Police Chief William McManus called the killing “cold and calculated.”

3. Investigators Do Not Have a Motive for the Killing Yet, the Chief Says

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

McKane is being questioned by detectives, and McManus would not reveal what he has told investigators so far.

“Right now we are looking for a possible motive,” McManus said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age, where police are being targeted across the country.”

He called the shooting “everyone’s worst nightmare. You never want to see this happen.”

 

4. Marconi Was a Father of 2 Children & the Son of a San Antonio Detective

Detective Ben Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the police department, was rushed to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, KSAT-TV reports.

Marconi was the father of two children, who are in their 20s, and became a grandfather earlier this year. He shared a photo on Twitter with his grandson on Father’s Day:

Marconi’s late father, James Marconi, was a San Antonio police officer for 32 years, retiring as a detective investigator.

5. The Shooting Was One of Four Attacks on Police Officers Nationwide on Sunday

A St.Louis Police sergeant was shot in the face by a gunman in a car while conducting a traffic stop on an unrelated vehicle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The sergeant was in critical, but stable, condition Sunday night. The gunman in that shooting, George P. Bush III, was later killed during a shootout with police.

An officer was shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting on the small Florida island of Sanibel, The News-Press reports. The officer, the first to be shot in the line of duty in Sanibel’s history, is expected to survive. He was also on a traffic stop and was shot by a driver in another car. A suspect is in custody.

The fourth officer was shot Sunday night in Gladstone, Missouri, according to KCTV. The officer is expected to survive. A suspect was also shot, and his condition was not immediately known. Few details about that shooting have been made public, but according to the Post-Dispatch, the officer was also on a traffic stop when he was shot.

After the shooting in Dallas, Marconi tweeted a photo of a T-shirt with a message saying the San Antonio Police Department stands with the Dallas officers. Proceeds from sales of the shirt went to the fallen officers’ families.

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