Detective Benjamin Marconi Shot, Killed In Texas Writing Traffic Ticket

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Detective Benjamin Marconi, a 50-year-old father from Texas, was shot and killed while on duty. In a press conference, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus revealed that Marconi was gunned down on Sunday around 11 AM during a routine traffic stop.

The detective pulled over a driver and walked to his patrol car, sat down, and started writing a ticket. A black vehicle pulled up behind Marconi and another male, who is described as an African-American, walked, and shot him twice in the head.

According to McManus, the shooter is about 5’7″ tall, wearing a hoodie, and baggy pants. Some say the criminal was well shaved while others claimed he was sporting a beard. McManus stated that the original driver, who was pulled over, was not involved in the deadly attack.

The man, who gunned down the law enforcer, got into a black Sedan with chrome rims and fled the scene. Marconi was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

He was a member of the San Antonio police force for more than 20 years. He was a father of two, who celebrated the arrival of his first grandchild around Father’s Day 2016. Benjamin Marconi is a blue blood, his late father, Detective James Marconi, a San Antonio police officer, retired after 32 years. Benjamin Marconi had several uncles, who wore badges.

McManus said that they have no motives for the killing and is asking the public for help identifying the man in the black vehicle. He said:

“Right now we are looking for a possible motive. We are looking for video footage that may help us identity this individual. It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age, where police are being targeted across the country.”

Several other officials have issued statements on the death of the police officer. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor shared her thoughts with the slain officer’s family and colleagues. Taylor said:

“This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated. I ask for the community’s thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also offered condolences and slammed the disgusting act of violence. He tweeted:

“We ask that all Texans join us in praying for the officer’s loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy. Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice, which is why I look forward to signing my Police Protection Act into law — making targeted attacks against law enforcement a hate crime.”

Marconi was very active on social media; he supported Donald Trump for president, he showed support for the innocent people massacred at the gay club in Florida and stood with the fallen Dallas officers. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information on the fatal shooting.

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