At about 11:40 A.M this Sunday, a police officer was shot to death while writing a routine traffic ticket.
After pulling a car over for a traffic infraction, the officer was in his vehicle writing a ticket when a third vehicle pulled up behind him.
The suspect got out of his car, approached the passenger side window and shot the officer in the head. He then reached into the vehicle and shot the officer a second time.
The officer was a twenty-year veteran of the force and was pronounced dead at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
During a press conference today, Chief William McManus said:
“This is everyone’s worst nightmare, the officers in the department, the family and everyone who supports the officers.”
The shooting happened near police headquarters.
Police are currently looking for the suspect who was driving a black Toyota or Nissan.
The suspect is described as:
- a black male
- 5’7″ tall
- clean shaven
- wearing a grey shirt and black pants
While no motive has been identified, Chief McManus seems to be leaning towards the officer being a target of anti-police actions.
He described to reporters the reality of the world he and his fellow officers live in everyday:
“It’s always difficult especially in this day and age where police are being targeted across the county. Unfortunately like Dallas like Baton Rouge it’s happened here. Hopefully we’ll solve this one real quick, and if this individual is a danger to more police or anyone else we will try to get him off the street as soon as we can.”
Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to call (210)224-STOP.