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San Antonio Police Release Photo of Man They Want to Talk to About Murder of Officer

The San Antonio Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the person pictured. He might have information on the murder of the San Antonio Police Officer.

Authorities in Texas were hunting a gunman Monday who was accused of killing a detective after shooting him twice in the face while he was writing out a traffic ticket to a motorist.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus identified the fallen officer as Benjamin Marconi, 50, a 20-year veteran of the force. Marconi was shot to death in his squad car late Sunday morning outside police headquarters, police said.

According to Fox San Antonio, the U.S. Marshals service took a “person of interest” into custody at around 9:20 p.m. local time but no further information was given on the person.

However, police said early Monday that the search for a male suspect was still underway and that no arrest had been made. McManus said he doesn’t believe the suspect has any relationship to the original motorist who was pulled over, and no motive has been identified.

“This is everyone’s worst nightmare. You never want to see anything like this happen,” said McManus, who then ticked off several other cities that recently had police officers targeted and killed. “Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it’s happened here now.”

Police released a still image of the suspected gunman’s vehicle speeding away from police headquarters. Authorities were still looking through video footage to help identify the gunman.

“We consider this suspect to be extremely dangerous and a clear threat to law enforcement officers and the public,” said McManus, who added that after the shooting officers had been instructed to not make traffic stops alone.

The chief said investigators are looking into all leads and motives, including whether it could be related to an officer-involved shooting earlier Sunday in the city. In that incident, McManus said, police fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at officers outside an apartment following a seven-hour standoff.

“Hopefully, we’ll solve this one real quick,” McManus said.

Some streets downtown were blocked off with police tape as officials investigated the slaying.

The shooting came less than five months after a gunman killed five officers in Dallas who were working a protest about the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

Ten days after the Dallas attack, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with two rifles and a pistol killed three officers near a gas station and convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And earlier this month, two Des Moines, Iowa-area police officers were fatally shot in separate ambush-style attacks while sitting in their patrol cars.

Meanwhile, three other officers in three separate cities across the U.S. were shot on Sunday as well. Officers in St. Louis, Missouri, Sanibel, Florida and Kansas City, Missouri also saw officers wounded.

“It’s always difficult, especially in this this day and age, where police are being targeted across the country,” McManus said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the slaying a “horrific act of violence.” Abbott said in a statement that “attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice.”

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor extended condolences to the family of the slain officer and the entire police force.

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