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San Antonio Officer Idefinitely Suspended Over Shooting

March 03, 2016  | 

San Antonio police Officer John Lee was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday after fatally shooting an unarmed man earlier this month.

The police department issued the following statement from Chief William McManus:

"Officer John Lee has been issued a contemplated indefinite suspension for placing himself unnecessarily in a tactical situation where in he felt compelled to use deadly force."

Lee shot and killed Antronie Scott, 36, on Feb. 4 after pulling him over. He had been called in to assist undercover officers in arresting Scott, who had outstanding warrants, the police department said.

McManus said earlier this month that Scott was holding a cellphone when he was shot. He said Lee feared for his life when he opened fire.

San Antonio Police Officers Association president Det. Mike Helle says Scott forced Officer Lee into a corner, WOAI TV reports.

"When he did exit the vehicle, two unsolicited witnesses actually verified what the officer said," Det. Helle says. "It wasn't like he made it up. The guy came out of the car in an aggressive manner and was pulling something from his side that looked like he was drawing, and it looked like a weapon." He was actually drawing a cellphone.

Det. Helle says union members are calling Officer Lee's suspension shocking and confusing.

The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case, KSAT TV reports. 

Comments (6)

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John retired IA PD @ 3/4/2016 7:53 PM

Seems to me that there is a lot missing from this story. Why aren't more facts made available in some of these stories?

Percy @ 3/5/2016 2:25 PM

@ John retired IA PD

Let me see if I understand you.
You are concerned/agitated/confused by the fact that the police are holding onto all the information and evidence of an officer involved shooting?
Well welcome to the civilian world son.

Police depts unwilling to release any information except for how terrible the victim was, and that the officer was given no other alternative. Union reps blaming everything and everyone other than the guy who pulled the trigger. Eight months to a year later video and/or wittness
testimony proves the cops lied through their teeth.

Everyone scrambles to cover their asses, and the cop still hasn't been arrested and is on a nice fully paid holiday.

Then things get interesting.

Joe @ 3/11/2016 7:37 AM


I never post on this crap but I see your ignorant posts on numerous articles throughout this website and I just have to say you are an absolute moron. So it is always the police are holding out information in your small liberal mind. O it just can't be the media with an agenda to only report what they want to so it incites debate.

You and Lenny and a few others seem to think everything you see on the news or on the internet is 100% gospel and all LOE's are just thugs with a badge. I hope one day you will need help and are forces to come out of your mothers basement and join the real world and see the crape the police put up with. From the real thugs that seem to be running ramped do to liberal morons like you that seem to believe the police should be able to keep everyone safe by putting pink feathers in there hat and singing Kumbaya.

Leonard @ 3/11/2016 9:11 AM

@Joe: I hardly consider everything the media or the police say as gospel. The former has acted as a mouthpiece for the former and the former having a notorious reputation for slandering victims and obfuscating the truth. Having said that, you are 100% wrong. I don't think every officer is a thug and I personally know some good ones. I just want the thugs that have badges off the force. Pretty simple isn't it. Perhaps you should open your eyes and see the problems that reside in some of our forces. I want the use of deadly force to be the last resort, rather than the first. I want officers trained in deescalation techniques and slow down before engaging suspects. I want police to be part of the community rather than being seen as an occupying force. I want the elimination of militarized tactics being routinely used our citizens for even the most minor crimes. I want to be able to trust the officer on the street and want our police to be better than they are.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 2:12 PM

Leonard and Percy, yet again! Are they married or something? You can see the Police however your liberal mind desires. But that doesn't make you right. You think most Police Officers are thugs, yet you're wrong.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 10:28 PM

This Officer doesn't deserve to be treated like this. The idiot sticks his hand into his pocket and yanks something out. The Officer doesn't have time to analyze the object before he pulls the trigger. Officer Lee had two choices: 1 shoot the guy because he's acting like he has a gun OR 2 don't shoot and hope its not a gun. He chose the wiser choice and is now in trouble.

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