SAN ANTONIO – The man police say shot and killed a San Antonio police detective on Sunday morning faced the media cameras for the first time Monday.
Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed Sunday outside Public Safety Headquarters while writing a traffic citation.
Otis McKane was arrested Monday afternoon.
McKane mentioned he was involved in a custody battle. He also said he was mad at society for not letting him see his son. When asked why Marconi was responsible for not letting him see his son McKane said, "I've been through several custody battles and I was upset at the system I was in, and I lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”
When asked, ‘Do you have anything to say to his (Detective Marconi) family?’ McKane replied, “I am sorry.”
The last question McKane was asked, “You were upset and took it out on someone?” “Yes sir,” he replied.
Marconi was a father of two and 20-year veteran of the force.
The family of slain San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi on Monday released the following statement:
"At this time, the Marconi family would like to give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support, prayers and love we have received. At this time, we would appreciate privacy to mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, friend and last but not least, a peace officer. Thank you to the San Antonio community and nation as a whole for your support."
In lieu of flowers, the Marconi family asks that all donations be made to Detective Marconi's Memorial Fund or any of the organizations listed below:
Or any non-profit organization the donator chooses.
Funeral arrangements for Detective Marconi are as follows:
A public viewing will be held at Porter Loring at 1101 McCullough Avenue on Sunday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A rosary will take place at 7:00 p.m.
A private processional will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. from Porter Loring to Community Bible Church. It will include the hearse, the Marconi family, SAPD motorcycles and SAPD marked units only.
The processional route will be from McCullough to I-35 North, 281 North, Eastbound Loop 1604, Gold Canyon to the Community Bible Church property.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Community Bible Church at 2477 Loop 1604. A reception will be held after the service and will be open to all attendees.