The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective has said he was angry about a child-custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it."
Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when he told reporters that he was angry with the court system for not letting him see his son and took it out on Detective Benjamin Marconi.
"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. He said he wanted to apologize to the family of the slain officer.
McKane, 31, remained jailed on a $2 million bond after being charged with capital murder. Marconi was shot as he sat in his squad car Sunday for a traffic stop. Authorities said the gunman walked up to Marconi's driver's-side window and fired.
McKane then got married at the Bexar County Courthouse, just a few hundred yards from where the shooting happened. He was arrested while driving from San Antonio to Houston. A woman and child were in the car with him.
Jeff Sekula played high school football with Marconi in Floresville.
“He definitely did not deserve it. Ben was one of the good guys one of the great guys definitely wonderful person and whatever thoughts somebody may have negative towards police officers, Ben was definitely not like that. He was one of the good people,” Sekula said.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor tweeted out a photo Tuesday of her visit with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Rawlings traveled to San Antonio to meet with the mayor and the police chief.
It was one of several weekend attacks against law enforcement in multiple states. The San Antonio detective and officers shot in Missouri and Florida were conducting routine tasks Sunday when they became the targets of violence.
"I think the uniform was the target and the first person that happened along was the first person that (the suspect) targeted," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report