GoFundMe/Support SAPD Officer Lee
The image from the "Support SAPD Officer Lee" GoFundMe page.
A supporter of suspended San Antonio Police Officer John Lee, who shot and killed Antroine Scott on February 4, started a campaign to raise money for the officer, even though he is still being paid by SAPD according to a department spokesman.
Krystal Tijerina started a GoFundMe campaign
for Lee on March 5 to "help with his monthly bills." Her goal is to raise $100,00. So far, the campaign has raised just under $2,500 with 37 donations.
"As most of you know SAPD officer John Lee was placed on indefinite suspension this past week for doing his job. We as a family and department should help him. He has a family to support and [Chief William McManus] took that away from him," Tijerina wrote on the campaign site. She did not respond to a requests to comment for this story.
SAPD spokesman Jesse Salame told the San Antonio Express-News
that Lee was still being paid by the department during his suspension.
Lee shot Scott, a black man, outside his apartment building. Scott was wanted for two felonies: one for possession of a firearm, another for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, less than a gram.
When Scott got out of his vehicle, Lee told him to put his hands in the air. Scott did, and Lee saw a black object in the 36-year-old's hand. Thinking it was a gun and fearing for his life, Lee shot Scott in the chest. The item in Scott's hand was a cellphone. He died in the parking lot outside the apartment building.
Lee was placed on indefinite suspension last week, and could be fired or brought back to the force. The Bexar County District Attorney's Office is investigating the shooting.