A San Antonio police officer has been shot dead in his patrol car while writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters.
Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle when a man pulled up behind him in a black car in downtown San Antonio on Sunday.
The suspect got out and walked up to the patrol car’s passenger window and shot Marconi in the head, according to Chief William McManus.
The man then reached into the window and shot him a second time in the head.
The suspect got back in his car and fled the scene. Police believe the suspect was driving a black Toyota or Nissan sedan.
Marconi had been on the force for 20 years.
‘This is everyone’s worst nightmare, the officers in the department, the family and everyone who supports the officers,’ McManus said.
‘Our hearts go out to all of Detective Marconi’s family, to all our SAPD brothers and sisters for whom this has hit home hard.
‘Most families will be celebrating the holidays, SAPD will be burying one of its own because of an ultimate act of cowardice by a suspect who will be caught and brought to justice.’
Marconi died in San Antonio Military Medical Center at about 12.30pm.
The shooting occurred outside police headquarters on West Nueva Street and Santa Rosa Street.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a hoodie and baggy pants. He also has a beard and is approximately 5’7.
Police are still investigating a motive.