Detective Benjamin Marconi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed in the line of duty in San Antonio. (Twitter)

San Antonio Police have arrested a suspect after an officer was ambushed and shot dead Sunday morning during a traffic stop near the department’s headquarters.

The gunman pulled up on Detective Benjamin Marconi’s patrol car after the 50-year-old officer stopped another vehicle, Police Chief William McManus said at a press briefing. Police believe the vehicle originally stopped by the officer was not involved in the shooting.

The suspect, 31-year-old San Antonio resident Otis Tyrone McKane, was arrested without incident Monday afternoon, McManus said.

The chief said while most families will be celebrating the holidays, Marconi’s family and the department will be burying one of their own because of an “act of cowardice.”

Marconi was one of four police officers shot in the line of duty Sunday across the country. The three other shootings had similarities to the Marconi shooting.

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 has not been caught.

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.

Here’s what you need to know about the shooting death of Detective Ben Marconi in San Antonio:

1. The Gunman Fired Through the Window of Marconi’s Car as He Was Writing a Ticket, the Police Chief Says

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.

Police have not said why Marconi stopped the car, and have not identified the driver of the vehicle he pulled over.

The shooting occurred about 11:40 a.m.

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.

Police released a photo of a person of interest in the shooting, which you can see below:

Police are seeking to speak to this person in the shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi. (San Antonio Police)

Police are seeking to speak to this person in the shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi. (San Antonio Police)

Police said later Monday that the man in the photo is Otis McKane, the suspect in custody.

Surveillance video showing the man walking into the public safety headquarters prior to the shooting was released Monday morning:

“The San Antonio Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person pictured. He might have information on the death of the San Antonio Police Officer,” the department said.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that officers were searching the area near the police headquarters and surrounding buildings for the gunman. Homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses near a bus stop or on a bus near the shooting, the newspaper reports.

With the suspect at large, police officers in San Antonio will not be making traffic stops alone, McManus said. An officer will be called to provide cover for any stops. Officers are also being encouraged to ride in pairs.

2. The Shooter Fled From the Scene in a Black Car, Police Say

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Police are searching for this vehicle in the ambush shooting death of a San Antonio officer. (Facebook)

San Antonio Police said the suspect fled from the scene in a black vehicle. Chief William McManus said at a press conference the car was possibly a Nissan or Toyota, while others have said it appears to be a Mitsubishi Galant. You can see a photo of the car above and below:

The vehicle was recovered Monday, McManus said.

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

The car has large six-spoke black on chrome rims, according to police.

The shooting came several hours after a man was fatally shot by police in San Antonio, but investigators have not linked the two incidents.

In that shooting, a man was killed after police said he pointed a gun at officers following a seven-hour standoff at his ex-girlfriend’s home, KSAT-TV reports.

3. Marconi, a 20-Year Veteran, Was the Son of a San Antonio Police Detective & Father of 2 Children

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.

Police Chief William McManus said he was planning to meet with the family of the slain officer at the hospital after the press briefing Sunday afternoon.

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.

4. 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.

“Right now we are looking for a possible motive. We are looking for video footage that may help us identity this individual,” 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.”

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor offered condolences to the officer’s family and the members of the city’s police department.

“This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated,” she said in a statement. “I ask for the community’s thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also offered condolences and condemned the “horrific act of violence,” in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We ask that all Texans join us in praying for the officer’s loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy,” Abbott said. “Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice, which is why I look forward to signing my Police Protection Act into law — making targeted attacks against law enforcement a hate crime.”

5. Marconi Is the 7th Officer to be Shot & Killed in the Line of Duty in Texas This Year

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Detctive Benjamin Marconi, right. (Twitter)

Detective Ben Marconi is the seventh officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in Texas this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. There have been 57 officers killed by gunfire nationwide.

Five of the Texas officers were killed during the attack on Dallas Police at a protest in July. Dallas Police Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Smith and Officers Patricio Zamarripa and Michael Krol were killed along with Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus referenced the Dallas shooting, along with the ambush killings of three Baton Rouge police officers, during a press briefing Sunday afternoon.

“Unfortunately like Dallas like Baton Rouge it’s happened here,” McManus said.

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.

The other Texas officer was killed in March.

Euless Police Officer David Hofer was shot and killed while responding to a shots fired call.

Marconi is the first officer shot and killed in the line of duty in San Antonio since December 2013, when Officer Robert Deckard Jr. was shot while chasing robbery suspects, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Marconi is the 33rd officer fatally shot in the line of duty in the department’s history.


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Gerald Fleming

His pray for Dallas shirt is a very good sign that he is in a much better place. But still an evil tragedy affecting many. Thank you for your service sir.


My heart aches. He was someone’s son, someone’s husband, someone’s daddy and recently someone’s grandpa :(


My heart aches for the Marconi family as we are all getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, his family will be holding a funeral. Their holidays are ruined & will NEVER be the same as they will always remember the Sunday before Thanksgiving as the day their loved one was murdered! May the coward that took this man’s life be brought to justice or sent on to his maker to receive justice there!! Rest In Peace 👮 Benjamin Marconi. 🙏😢💔


This is a tragedy!!! What has happened to our country. We have lost our way and we have a complete disregard for the values that have established our society. We have a black men killing each other and committing violent crime at an alarming rate. Black men are responsible for over 50% of all homicides, yet they (black peoples) make-up approximately 13% of our total population . If you take out black women, children and the black males in prison we are left with approximately 5%. Essentially we have 5% percent of the population committing over 50% of all the homicides. How can no one see this is a major problem that needs to be addressed. The only issue I see that is being publisized by the media and black lives matter is their need to blame the police and society for their failures. Why do we not see black lives matter and their peers up in arms over the amount of crime perpetrated in the black neighborhoods by black people. It is sad to say but untul it is recognized as a problem we cannot move forward with solutions. It will continue to get worse.

We also have a government that refuses to enforce immigration laws and is allowing criminal illegal aliens to stay in our country, to commit more crimes. How can we allow this behavior by our elected officials. Sanctuary cities are protecting criminals and giving them an opportunity to commit more crime. How many people have to die before we realize we cannot always be politically corrected. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions that will have consequences that may not be ideal for everyone. I hope we can begin to heal as a country and become unified as Americans. I know we will always have people who are racists (this includes people of all colors) we will never get rid of them all but I do believe the majority of the people in our country are not racist and generally good people.

mackare jones

FRS, your statistics are F**ked Up and most the crime in white communities are committed against other whites. This incident was probably in response to the senseless murder of unarmed African males/females. This particular policeman was probably a decent person who no doubt performed his duties in a fair and balanced way. He paid for some of S**t-head cops who abused their authority for their own selfish egotistical satisfaction. As long as you have cops killing people of color just because they can, you will have tragedies like this. People like you who comprise the grand juries and don’t hold these cops accountable for their misdeeds are equally to blame. I don’t know why I took the time to write this response about your comment because you are obviously an idiot.


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Father God, I ask that You surround this family with Love. I pray that you provide Grace and some measure of Peace as they endure. Knowing that I am not worthy, I ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Frostee Frosted Ya

I’ve been to San Antonio. I see many of you have not. He’s better off dead.


SA is beautiful and so are its citizens. Glad you took your sorry behind else where. Stay on topic, ya prick. We lost an amazing member of SAPD.

Frostee Frosted Ya

You should travel more often, see the world a bit. Btw shouldn’t you be ironing some man’s clothes or making someone a sandwich? LOL

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