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SAPD officer suspended indefinitely after fatal shooting

Chief McManus issues statement on suspension of Officer John Lee

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police Officer John Lee was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after fatally shooting an unarmed man earlier this month.

The police department issued the following statement from Chief William McManus:

"Officer John Lee has been issued a contemplated indefinite suspension for placing himself unnecessarily in a tactical situation where in he felt compelled to use deadly force."

Lee shot and killed Antronie Scott, 36, on Feb. 4 after pulling him over at the Wood Hollow Apartments near Isom and East Ramsey roads.

Lee was called in to assist undercover officers in arresting Scott, who had outstanding warrants, the police department said.

Department policy doesn't allow for officers not in uniform or in marked cars to make traffic stops, the department said.

McManus said earlier this month that Scott was holding a cellphone when he was shot. He said Lee feared for his life when he opened fire.

The police department has submitted its investigative findings into the shooting to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office for review.