SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP/KXAN) — The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective has said he was angry about a child-custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”
Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when he told reporters that he was angry with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Benjamin Marconi. “I’ve been through several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in, and I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it,” McKane said.
He said he wanted to apologize to the family of the slain officer. McKane, 31, of San Antonio, was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of Marconi. The detective was shot as he sat in his squad car Sunday after making a traffic stop. Authorities have said a gunman walked up to Marconi’s driver’s-side window and fired.
According to an arrest affidavit, authorities were able to identify McKane after a tire shop employee recognized the aftermarket black rims on the suspect vehicle. WOAI reports the worker called police to say he sold the rims to McKane who was still making payments on the items.
In a surprising twist, mySA.com reports seven hours before his arrest, McKane was at the Bexar County Courthouse getting married. County records indicate the license was issued at 9:27 a.m. Monday. He was arrested at 4:20 p.m. with a woman and 2-year-old child, who police have not yet identified, in the car, reports Mysa.com.