San Antonio police officer fatally shot while writing ticket

Authorities say a man has been fatally shot by San Antonio police after coming out of an apartment following a seven-hour standoff and pointing a gun at officers.

Chief William McManus said, "When she walked in, at some point shortly thereafter he put a gun to head, went past her and fired a round, stepped back and pointed the gun at her head".

The chief said that while the officer was writing a ticket, someone pulled up behind the squad auto, stepped out of his vehicle and shot the officer twice, once in the head. He said the driver of that vehicle got out, walked up to the officer's driver-side window and shot the officer in the head.

McManus says, "This is everyone's worst nightmare". Police believe the suspect's vehicle was a black Toyota or Nissan sedan.

The officer was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead around 12:30 p.m. His name is not being released at this time.

Police scanner recordings offer a frightening account of what took place, and indicate that the attack took place in the vicinity of police headquarters.

Officers are now "putting the pieces together in this capital murder case", to find a motive for the killing, he said.

"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".

If you have any information on the suspect, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP.

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