Published On: Mon, Nov 28th, 2016

Dallas, San Antonio unite to mourn detective Benjamin Marconi, who was assassinated by Otis McKane

The funeral for San Antonio police detective Benjamin Marconi will take place Monday.

Marconi, 50, was shot and killed inside of his police car while writing a ticket near police headquarters by Otis Tyrone McKane on November 20, shocking the communities ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend. McKane pullled behind Marconi’s police cruiser and fired two rounds through the passenger side, striking Marconi in the head.

McKane, 31, told reporters Monday night he “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it” due to an ongoing custody battle for his son. “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.

Chief William McManus said the department was “relieved” McKane was taken into custody “without further loss of life.” Earlier that day, McManus said he believed “the uniform was the target” in Marconi’s death.

Benjamin Marconi

Benjamin Marconi

McManus said police believe that the suspect entered the police headquarters at 315 S. Santa Rosa around 7:45 a.m. Sunday, spoke to a clerk for about 20 seconds and left. Four hours later Marconi was ambushed outside the building.

In an odd twist, it has been confirmed that McKane was married after the shooting, but before his arrest: Seven hours before his arrest in the fatal slaying of a San Antonio police officer, capital murder suspect Otis Tyrone McKane was at the Bexar County Courthouse getting married as he was the subject of a massive manhunt, according to official records obtained by mySA.com…McKane, held in Sunday’s ambush slaying of Det. Benjamin Marconi, married Christian Chanel Fields, who owns the white Buick McKane was in at the time of his arrest, after they obtained a magistrate’s waiver from the customary 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued.

“County records indicate the license was issued at 9:27 a.m. Monday. He was arrested at 4:20 p.m. with a woman and 2-year-old child, who police have not yet identified, in the car,” they added.

Sunday a four-hour viewing preceded a 7 p.m. rosary for Marconi as residents, officers and leaders around the state came to honor the fallen officer.

Sgt. Jorna Huttunen was one of a handful of NYPD officers to make the trip from New York as part of the Brotherhood for the Fallen, an organization that lends financial and emotional support to the families of fallen officers by sending officers to funerals across the country.

Huttunen said the gesture is the least they can do to offer support and to connect with other officers, adding that many consider the force to be a second family. It’s also important to not become “numb” to the number of officers killed in the line of duty, he said.

McKane was charged in 2012 with a misdemeanor of assault with bodily injury of a family member. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Fields, 27, has been arrested on at least two theft charges in Harris County, records show. She was sentenced to deferred adjudication in lieu of a conviction for a 2010 state jail felony charge, records show. Fields was sentenced in a misdemeanor theft case in May 2011, according to court records.


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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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