Suspect arrested in ambush assassination of 20-year-veteran officer says he’s ‘sorry’

I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it.”

That’s what Otis Tyrone McKane, the man who was arrested for the murder of San Antonio police detective Benjamin Marconi, told reporters.

McKane, 31, claimed he gunned down Marconi because he was upset about an ongoing child custody battle, MySA.com reported.

“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 before he was booked. “I just want to see my son.”

Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, was shot and killed Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. as he sat in his patrol car.

At the time, Marconi was writing up a traffic citation to another driver when McKane pulled up behind him and shot him twice in the head. Marconi, 50, was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a local hospital.

After a 30-hour manhunt, McKane was arrested on a San Antonio highway. A woman and a two-year-old child were in his car at the time.

In 2012, McKane spent 60 days in jail after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault against a family member.

While McKane claims he randomly shot Marconi out of displaced anger, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said he believes the murder of Detective Benjamin Marconi was an ambush.

McManus said police believe McKane entered police headquarters at 7:45 a.m. Sunday morning, where he briefly spoke to a clerk before leaving.

Four hours later, Marconi was executed outside the building. “I think the uniform was the target,” McManus said.

Marconi is the 18th police officer killed in the line of duty in Texas in 2016. He leaves behind Jacy Lewis Marconi and Dane Gregory Marconi.

Marconi’s tragic death comes amid growing nationwide concern for police officers’ safety. On the day Marconi was murdered, three other officers were shot in separate incidents: one in Florida and two in Missouri.

h/t Twitchy

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