SAN ANTONIO – Four days after SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi was executed, the personal vehicle belonging to a San Antonio Park Police officer was peppered with bullets while he was on duty Thanksgiving Day.
This incident has just come to public light as reported by MySanAntonio.com.
Officer Rodulfo Robles spotted his damaged 2006 Mercury Marquis at about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Voelcker Lane as he was patrolling Hardberger Park in uniform and on his police bicycle.
SAPD spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame said investigators are trying to determine if Robles was targeted or whether his vehicle was selected at random.
The driver’s side windows, door frame, engine block and rear window all had damage from gunshots, the report states. Witnesses heard 8-10 gunshots originate from a nearby wooded area. Investigators searched the area and found a total of eight .223 caliber casings.
Robles searched the area when he discovered his damaged car, but found no one. He told investigators he had no negative encounters with anyone during his patrol as of late.
The report indicated Robles had a small light bar on the dash of his car, so it is unknown if this may have spurred the suspect to victimize his vehicle.
On the heals of Marconi’s murder, Salame said, “We’ve always stressed good tactics and being vigilant. I don’t think we need to remind officers of the need for that now, or their need to be aware of their surroundings at all times.”
Thus far, SAPD has no suspects identified in the Thanksgiving Day incident.