A San Antonio police officer was shot and killed while performing a routine traffic stop near police headquarters downtown on Sunday, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Police Chief William McManus said the shooting occurred while an officer was issuing a traffic citation. As he did so, a black vehicle pulled up behind the officer’s unit. The suspect got out of the car, walked up to the passenger window and fired one round into the patrol car, hitting the officer in the head, McManus said. He said the suspect reached in and fired again, hitting the officer a second time.
“Right now we are looking for a possible motive,” McManus said. “We are looking for video footage that may help us identity this individual.” The officer was a 20-year veteran of the force. “It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age, where police are being targeted across the country,” McManus said. He said this is everyone’s worst nightmare, from the officers on the department, to officer families, to those who support the police department.