SAN ANTONIO – City leaders have asked for an independent counsel to review part of the city’s response to a fatal 2014 officer-involved shooting, the city manager said.
City Manager Sheryl Sculley and City Attorney Andy Segovia said Monday night that the San Antonio police forensics team did try to secure fingerprints from the handgun found outside the Chacho’s and Chalucci’s restaurant. Earlier reports said they did not try to get prints off the gun.
Marquise Jones was shot and killed in February 2014 by an off-duty SAPD officer working security for the restaurant.
In January 2016, the city said fingerprint tests were done and they did not find identifiable prints.
In a statement the city manager said in part:
In light of this new development and out of an abundance of caution, we have referred this matter to independent counsel for a thorough review. To our knowledge there exists no evidence of any tampering or deliberate withholding of information by any officer within the chain of custody of the handgun involved in the shooting of Mr. Jones. However, we want to ensure full transparency so that the parties involved, the City Council and the community have full confidence in the city's handling of investigation and litigation process.
The Jones family filed suit in federal court against the city claiming the shooting was unjustified.
In 2015, SAPD Officer Robert Encina was cleared of any crime.
The family later reached a settlement with the restaurant where the shooting occurred.
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