SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Police Chief William McManus recently lost one officer to a shooting that also injured another. He simply cannot understand all the hate directed toward police, reported Dallas News.
“I’m angry at the police haters, I’m sick of the police haters,” he said. “We protect them. We defend them. And they give us a big F.U. And I’m sick of it.”
McManus and other officers met Saturday with the public at a monthly public outreach event. The scheduled event came one day after Officer Miguel Moreno died of injuries suffered in a shootout.
On Thursday, two officers who were responding to a report of a suspicious person were shot as they got out of a patrol car.
Moreno was struck in the head, and Officer Julio Cavazos was hit in the chin, according to the chief.
Tragically, Moreno died the next day, and Cavazos remains in serious condition.
Chief McManus said the shooter, 34-year-old Andrew Bice, fatally shot himself in the head after hitting both officers.
Bice had a lengthy criminal history in multiple states. Over a span of nine years he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Louisiana nine times on more than 30 charges, including kidnapping and burglary, according to Dallas News. In Bexar County, Texas Bice was convicted of three charges, including assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
Bice’s girlfriend told the Express-News that “he just had a substance abuse problem, but he’s not a cop killer.”
Well, tell that to Officer Moreno’s family. They would beg to differ.
McManus called body camera footage of the attack the worst, most unprovoked assault he’s ever seen, WFAA-TV reported.
“The cold and calculated way that this individual shot and killed Officer Moreno and seriously wounded Officer Cavazos was incredible,” he said. “I have never seen such evil, such calculation and such intent in a situation like that. I don’t know how that much evil can get into one person.”
McManus warned officers to “expect the worst” and then to “de-escalate from there.”
“The haters will say that, you know, that we mistreat people or, you know, ‘You were rude to me’ or ‘You were mean to me, you were this to me, you were that to me,’ ” he said.
“How do you approach somebody on guard, on alert, knowing that something could happen to you without maybe somebody feeling like you’re not being friendly enough? But that’s why.”
You can certainly understand the chief’s perspective. No long ago, SAPD Det. Benjamin Marconi was ambushed and killed while writing a traffic citation. After a 30-hour-manhunt police arrested the man accused of executing him.
So burying another officer senselessly killed can be burdensome, not to mention a surviving officer is trying to recover from his wounds.
The words spoken by Chief McManus are echoed by so many law enforcement officers around the country. We are all “sick of it.”
(Photo courtesy San Antonio Police Department)