Crime

Accused Cop Killer: 'I'm Sorry'

| by Michael Howard

The man arrested in connection with the murder of San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi spoke briefly to reporters as he was escorted out of the police station.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested by a SWAT team Nov. 21, one day after he allegedly shot and killed Marconi at point blank range while the officer was sitting in his squad car writing a ticket.

When asked by reporters what provoked him to commit such a violent act, McKane, who in 2012 pleaded no contest to an assault charge, indicated that he was angry at society in general.

"Society not allowing me to see my son," he said, according to KPRC. "I lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it. I've been through several custody battles and I was upset at the situation I was in."

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He was then asked whether he had any words for Marconi's family.

"I'm sorry. It could have been anybody," he said, according to the Independent Journal Review.

At a news conference Nov. 21, Police Chief William McManus said he believes McKane was determined to kill a police officer.

"I believe that the uniform was targeted," he said, according to KPRC.

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Surveillance footage reportedly shows McKane walking around inside police headquarters several hours before the murder took place.

"Based on the actions of this individual prior to the shooting, we have a fairly good video documentation of what he was doing," McManus explained. "I am still convinced that he was targeting blue -- targeting a San Antonio Police Department officer, no matter who it was. It was any officer he came across."

And while they already have McKane in custody, McManus said the investigation is only beginning.

"This case, although we've made an arrest, is far from over," he told reporters. "We continue to investigate and until we have every shred of evidence that we believe exists, we'll then turn it over to the District Attorney for prosecution."

Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the force, was one of four police officers who were shot Nov. 20. He is the 58th officer to be fatally shot in 2016.

Members of the community built a small memorial in front of police headquarters to honor Marconi's life and career.

"He was well-respected," McManus said. "He was a great guy, a great investigator. He was just a solid guy and I can't describe the loss to the police department and the community."

Sources: KPRC, Independent Journal Review / Photo credit: Independent Journal Review

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