Reports: Donald Trump Called Son of Slain Texas Officer

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
November 23, 2016 Updated: November 23, 2016

The family of a San Antonio, Texas, police officer who was shot and killed said President-elect Donald Trump contacted them Monday to offer his condolences.

The son of killed officer Detective Benjamin Marconi wrote on Facebook that he “just got off the phone with the future president Trump, he sends his condolences to our family.” The Facebook post—which was made by Annie Patterson Campos, a crime scene investigator for the San Antonio Police Department—was later removed, according to News4SA.

Marconi was gunned down Sunday as he was writing a ticket inside his car—outside a police station located downtown. After a 30-hour manhunt, Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested.

He told reporters that he “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it” and did so because of an ongoing custody battle for his son. “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,” McKane said, reported.

Neither Trump nor his team has confirmed that he called Marconi’s son.

In a statement, Marconi’s family asked for privacy.

“At this time, the Marconi family would like to give thanks from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of support, prayers and love we have received. At this time, we would appreciate privacy to mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, friend and last, but not least, a peace officer,” said the family in a statement.