1 officer killed, 2 others wounded in shootings across U.S.

3 officers shot in various shootings

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas detective was shot and killed while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters late Sunday morning. Later Sunday, two other officers were wounded in incidents in Florida and Missouri.

 

TEXAS OFFICER SHOOTING

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the slain officer as 20-year veteran Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50. He said the suspect has not yet been apprehended, and a motive is not known.

McManus said Marconi had pulled over a car for a traffic violation outside Public Safety Headquarters in downtown. While Marconi was inside his squad car writing a ticket, a black vehicle pulled up behind him and the driver got out, walked up to the detective’s window and shot him in the head, McManus said. Then the suspect reached into the window and shot Marconi a second time, he said.

The suspect then got back into his car and drove away in what police described as a black Toyota or Nissan sedan. McManus said in a news conference Sunday afternoon that police do not know if there was a connection between the car Marconi stopped and the shooter.

Police said Marconi was pronounced dead at San Antonio Military Medical Center around 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday.

The San Antonio Police Department posted a picture on Facebook of a person of interest in Marconi's murder. 

 

FLORIDA OFFICER SHOOTING

Later Sunday, a Sanibel Police Department officer was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop. He has been identified as Officer Jarred Ciccone.

The officer's shooting was a first for the island police department, according to police officials.

He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect drove by and opened fire while the officer was working a traffic stop involving another driver, said retired Sanibel police chief Bill Tomlinson, who worked the scene. The officer was in his vehicle when he was shot.

A suspect was taken into custody shortly afterward.

It is the fourth attack on a Southwest Florida police officer within the last two weeks.

 

MISSOURI OFFICER SHOOTING

And in Missouri, KSDK-TV reported a police sergeant was in critical but stable condition after being shot in south St. Louis Sunday night.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson said a suspect pulled alongside the officer's marked car and fired, hitting him twice in his face. The suspect was at large.

The 46-year-old injured sergeant, has 20 years of service and is a married father of three, police said. He was ambushed by an individual who shot out the police officer's window. The officer was shot twice in the face.

The officer then called for assistance following the shooting. He is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.

The suspect is still on the loose. 

Dotson said St. Louis City officers will have two officers per squad car for the time being.

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor released a statement expressing his condolences to the family of the slain detective and the entire police force. "This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated," the statement read. "I ask for the community's thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues and SAPD searches for the suspect."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also expressed his sympathy via Twitter.

McManus said, “This is everyone’s worst nightmare.” He said officers will not be conducting traffic stops alone until further notice.

Before Sunday's shootings, the total of police killed in the line of duty in 2016 stood at 127, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Of those, 58 deaths were from gunfire.

Contributing: Michael Braun, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press and The Associated Press. Follow KENS-TV on Twitter: @KENS5

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