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Chief McManus takes stand in case of officer-involved shooting

Marquise Jones shot in back, killed by off-duty SA officer

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police Chief William McManus was on the stand Thursday in federal court, questioned for more than two hours about the night Marquise Jones was shot in the back and killed by an off-duty San Antonio police officer.

Jones' family filed a civil case against the city and the officer.

Thursday afternoon's questioning centered on the thoroughness of the department's investigation into the incident.

McManus  was asked why he took the word of Officer Robert Encina -- who claimed Jones had a gun -- over multiple witnesses that said he didn't.

McManus looked directly at the eight-person jury and said he wasn't concerned that they said different things, adding that it's common with multiple witnesses because they see things from different perspectives.

McManus only answered questions from the plaintiff's attorney Thursday. The defense wants to hold off their questions until they present their side of the case.

 

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