Bloody Sunday: Four Police Officers Shot Across Nation
November 21, 2016
San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was fatally shot while he was sitting in his patrol car, writing out a ticket. He was a 20-year veteran of the force.
Via USA Today:
A manhunt was underway across Texas on Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer Sunday, a bloody day for police officers across the nation.
The San Antonio Police Department would like to take a moment to honor SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi, who lost... https://t.co/m0BjHFiu31— SA Police Dept (@SATXPolice) November 20, 2016
Elsewhere Sunday, three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed in shootings in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., and Sanibel, Fla.
In San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said the death of Detective Benjamin Marconi during an otherwise routine traffic stop near the police station was more than a random act.
"I feel we (police) were targeted," McManus said. "I think the uniform was the target."
James Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said four attacks on officers in one day is another alarming a sign of the times. In July, five officers were killed in Dallas by a heavily armed sniper who opened fire at a peaceful protest against police-involved shootings. In Baton Rouge less than two weeks later, three officers were killed and three others wounded in an ambush.
Sunday's violence, however, involved four attacks by four attackers scattered across the nation.
Pasco says that, while no direct connection linking Sunday's shootings is apparent, social media spread information — often incorrect information — quickly and widely and can provoke action. Pasco says a drumbeat of criticism from the media, politicians and activists has eroded the esteem granted to law enforcement from the public.
"Police officers are doing their jobs the best they can, sometimes heroically, but now more than ever this kind of violence is in the back of their minds," Pasco told USA TODAY. "And when cops aren't safe, nobody is safe."
SAPD is still looking to identify this individual in connection with the shooting death of Detective Ben Marconi. He is a black male; 20-30 years old, 5'7"-6' tall, slim build with a goatee. He may also have a tattoo(s) on his left arm. We are also still looking for a black Mitsubishi Galant with custom rims. Anyone with any information is asked to please call 911 or CRIME STOPPERS at 224-STOP (7867). A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.
SAPD is also still looking for a black Mitsubishi Galant with custom rims. Anyone with any information is asked to please call 911 or CRIME STOPPERS at 224-STOP (7867). A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter. Credit Facebook
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