A veteran San Antonio police in the in the Special Victims Unit shot and killed before noon Sunday while performing a routine traffic stop near police headquarters downtown, officials said, prompting a citywide search for the gunman.
SAPD Chief William McManus said the shooting occurred on the south side of SAPD headquarters, at 11:45 a.m. where the officer, identified as Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was issuing a traffic citation. As he did so, a black vehicle pulled up behind the officer’s unit.
The suspect got out of the car, walked up to the passenger window and fired one round into the patrol car, hitting Marconi in the head, McManus said. He said the suspect reached in and fired again, hitting Marconi a second time.
The suspect then drove off, McManus said.
Marconi was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where the 20-year veteran was pronounced dead.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, 5-feet, 7 inches to 6-feet tall, wearing a gray shirt and black pants. According to police, the suspect was driving a black mid-size sedan with chrome wheels.
A photo showing a person of interest was leaked on Facebook around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. San Antonio police confirmed the authenticity of the photo Sunday evening, and released a statement saying the person could have information on the slaying of the detective.