Alleged San Antonio Cop Killer Got Married After Shooting but Before Arrest
Otis Tyrone McKane got married after police say he fatally Detective Benjamin Marconi -- and before he was arrested
A manhunt was in progress for his capture after he allegedly fatally shot a San Antonio police officer. But hours before his arrest, Otis Tyrone McKane made a trip to the Bexar County Courthouse — to get married.
According to a marriage certificate obtained by PEOPLE, McKane, 31, and Christian Chanel Fields were issued a marriage license at 9:27 a.m. on Monday — seven hours before he was captured and charged with the capital murder of Det. Benjamin Marconi.
San Antonio police said Marconi, 50, was writing out a ticket in his patrol vehicle at around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday when the gunman they believe to be McKane allegedly drove up beside him in a black car and fired two shots into the vehicle — striking Marconi in the head.
McKane allegedly fled the scene and Marconi was pronounced dead later at a hospital.
McKane was arrested on Monday afternoon driving a vehicle on Interstate 10 at around 4:20 p.m., the San Antonio Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Video of McKane following his arrest was posted to their official Facebook account.
Fields and an unidentified 2-year-old child were in the car at the time of the arrest, Mysanantonio.com reported, though police did not confirm that to PEOPLE.
According to the marriage license, Fields was born in Houston and is 27 years old.
As he walked past camera crews for booking on Monday, McKane told reporters he was upset over a child custody battle.
“I’ve been through several custody battles, and I was upset at the situation I was in, and I lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it,” he said, KENS-TV reported. “I just want to see my son.”
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“Our hearts go out to Detective Marconi’s family,” Chief William McManus said at a Sunday press conference. “Most families will be celebrating the holidays, SAPD will be burying one of its own because of an ultimate act of cowardice by a suspect who will be caught and brought to justice.”
McManus described Marconi as a 20-year veteran of the department and Roy Naylor, a former colleague of Marconi’s, told NBC News that Marconi was a sex crimes detective who “excelled” at his work.
“He was a great father, he was a great officer,” Naylor told NBC, adding that Marconi had two children from past marriages as well as grandchildren.
Four Officers Shot in 24-Hour Span
Marconi was one of four officers shot over a 24-hour period last weekend, reports say.
A St. Louis, Missouri, police sergeant was shot twice in the face Sunday night, but is expected to survive, CBS News reports.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told KMOV the sergeant “was just doing his job, but he was targeted because he was a police officer.”
A Gladstone, Missouri, police officer was shot Sunday night but is expected to survive, according to Fox. Meanwhile, a cop in Sanibel, Florida, was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop but was treated and released, CBS reports.
Of the shootings, McManus said, “I feel they were targeted.”