Tribute honors San Antonio officer killed while writing ticket

Suspect arrested in traffic stop on I-10 in East Bexar County. (WOAI)
Suspect arrested in traffic stop on I-10 in East Bexar County. (WOAI)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — Hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute on Monday for the San Antonio Police detective killed outside police headquarters.

Detective Benjamin Marconi’s funeral was open to everyone. It was held at the Community Bible Church in San Antonio.

Marconi was a 20-year veteran of the department. He was working overtime last week and writing a ticket to a driver when a man came up to his patrol car. The suspect walked over to the officer’s window and opened fire, shooting him twice in the head.

Otis Tyrone McKane booking photo (San Antonio police photo)
Otis Tyrone McKane booking photo (San Antonio police photo)

Police say the suspect, Otis McKane, went to the courthouse to get married after the shooting. Seven hours later he was arrested by San Antonio police. 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.

McKane said he was angry about a custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.” He told reporters that he was frustrated with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Marconi. He said he wants to apologize to family of the slain officer.

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