A San Antonio cop has died after a gunman fatally shot him in the head outside police headquarters Sunday, authorities said.
The shooting happened at 11:40 a.m. near police headquarters on S. Santa Rosa and W. Nueva, police said.
The officer, whose name was not immediately released, pulled over a vehicle near the Southside of the police headquarters building in his marked vehicle, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
He died at the San Antonio Military Medical Center shortly after the shooting, according to police.
As the officer, a 20-year veteran of the force, wrote a ticket from inside his car, a black vehicle pulled up behind him, the chief said.
The driver then got out and walked up to the officer’s car window, blasting one gunshot to his head and a second when the suspect reached over, according to McManus.
The suspect walked back to his car, pulled around the officer’s car and through a nearby parking lot as he fled the scene, he said.
The suspect, who was last seen wearing a gray shirt and black pants and was clean shaven, may have been driving a black Toyota or Nissan during the shooting, the chief said.
Officers are currently “putting the pieces together in this capital murder case,” to find a motive for the killing, he said.
“It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age where police are being targeted on the streets,” McManus said, adding that cops are searching tirelessly for the “dangerous” induvial before he attacks more officers.
“It’s everyone’s worse nightmare. You never want to see anything like this happen,” he said.
Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump took the time from meeting with his cabinet candidates to address the San Antonio shooting as “terrible.”