Condolences, support pours in for slain SAPD officer

City remembers a dedicated hero

SAN ANTONIO -- Numerous officials released statements regarding the San Antonio Police Officer who was shot and killed on duty Sunday morning.

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Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement:

 "Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to the victim's family and harshly condemn this horrific act of violence. We ask that all Texans join us in praying for the officer's loved ones as they deal with the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy. Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice, which is why I look forward to signing my Police Protection Act into law - making targeted attacks against law enforcement a hate crime. "

Lt. Governor Patrick Statement:

"We received the sad news today that another Texas police officer has been killed in the line of duty. It appears the officer may have been murdered simply because he was an officer. Jan and I ask you to join us in keeping his family in our prayers. 

More law enforcement officers have been lost in Texas than in any other state. We cannot tolerate our police officers becoming targets on our streets when they are doing their job, which is why protecting law enforcement must remain a top priority for Texas."

Senator Ted Cruz issued the following statement:

“Our prayers go out to the family of Detective Benjamin Marconi, who was shot and killed today during a routine traffic stop outside of the San Antonio police headquarters. To the San Antonio Police Department and law enforcement officers all across the State of Texas, our message is clear: we stand unequivocally with you, and we will not tolerate those who viciously and deliberately target law enforcement.”

Michael Helle, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association released the following statement: 
 
“First and foremost, our prayers and love are with the family of our fallen officer. We will stand by the officer’s family and support them and their needs during this devastating time. The single worst event any police officer can face is the loss of a brother or sister in the line of duty. Words cannot express how deeply this affects every police officer, not just in San Antonio, but across our country. We are all hurting, but we are all a family and we will stand together, protect each other, and protect our families. We will reserve further comment pending the apprehension of the suspect and follow-on investigations.”

Mayor Ivy Taylor released the following statement:

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of the officer killed outside police headquarters today as well as to our entire police force. This type of crime cannot and will not be tolerated. I ask for the community's thoughtfulness and patience as the investigation continues and SAPD searches for the suspect."

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood’s statement:

“To the family and friends of SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi, who tragically lost his life this morning, I offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that knew him. The San Antonio Fire Department continues to stand strong in unity with our brothers and sisters in blue.

In the wake of this tragedy, all SAFD crews have been advised to maintain a heightened state of awareness as we continue to serve our community.”

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau released the following statement:

“We are saddened by the tragic and senseless death of an SAPD officer, whose life was cut short today while serving our community.  This irrational and malicious act which took the life of one who puts his life on the line each day to serve and protect is shocking to all of us.

 Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer, his family, and all who serve with him.  The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for the suspect and assisting SAPD in the search for this person or persons, and ready to assist in any way.”

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