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Suspected Cop Killer Says He "Lashed Out at Somebody Who Didn't Deserve It"


Police say Otis McKane gunned down a detective in broad daylight outside SAPD's downtown headquarters - SAPD
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  • Police say Otis McKane gunned down a detective in broad daylight outside SAPD's downtown headquarters
During his perp walk to be booked on a capital murder charge for ambushing and killing a San Antonio police detective in broad daylight, Otis Tyrone McKane told reporters, "I just wanted to see my son."

McKane, who police arrested Monday afternoon after a day-long manhunt, said frustration over a child custody dispute had sent him over the edge. "I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it," he said, according to video shot by KSAT. When asked if he wanted to say anything to the family of Benjamin Marconi, the 20-year SAPD officer he's accused of gunning down outside downtown's police headquarters Sunday, McKane responded, "I'm sorry."

Police searched what they said was McKane's apartment at the westside's Lincoln Heights Courts Monday night. In a 2014 News4SanAntonio story about the demolition of the Eastside's Wheatly Courts projects, McKane talked about growing up around violence on San Antonio's eastside, saying he remembered  “sleeping and waking up to gunshots when I was a little child.”

Court records show McKane was charged in 2012 with assaulting the mother of his then two-year-old son. A few days after he was charged, she filed for a restraining order against McKane, protecting both her and their son. The protective order itself has been sealed by the court, but other documents in the case show that the order banned McKane from possessing a firearm and being within 200 feet of the woman’s home.*

And in another stunning development, county clerk records first obtained by the Express-News on Tuesday show that McKane actually married a different woman at the Bexar County courthouse on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after Marconi’s slaying and just hours before his arrest later that day. The E-N reports that McKane was riding in his new wife’s car when he was pulled over and arrested by an SAPD SWAT team Monday afternoon. Police haven’t yet identified the woman or two-year-old child who were in the car with him during his arrest.

During his perp walk, McKane said he'd been through "several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in." Video police released on Monday showed McKane entering the downtown police headquarters early Sunday morning and talking with the desk clerk for less than 30 seconds before he abruptly left the building.
Video from police headquarters showed McKane entering the building early Sunday morning - SAPD
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  • Video from police headquarters showed McKane entering the building early Sunday morning

Hours later, just before noon, police say McKane pulled up behind Detective Marconi's cruiser – Marconi, a detective with the department's special victims unit, was working overtime and filling in for a patrol shift, police say. According to police, McKane walked up to Marconi's window and shot him twice in the head before fleeing.

Police posted this message from Marconi's family late Monday :

*Updated 11:45 am to include additional information from Bexar County court records and Express-News reports of McKane's marriage before his arrest on Monday.


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