SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man while helping serve an arrest warrant last month is to be fired, the department announced Tuesday.
"Officer John Lee has been issued a contemplated indefinite suspension for placing himself unnecessarily in a tactical situation wherein he felt compelled to use deadly force," said Police Chief William McManus in a statement.Police spokeswoman Romana Lopez said in an email that "an indefinite suspension is equivalent to being fired." Lopez couldn't specify a timetable for termination.
Lee and another officer were called to the scene of the shooting the night of Feb. 4 by undercover officers to assist in arresting Antronie Scott on two warrants, one for being a felon in possession of a firearm and one for drug possession, investigators said. Police say Lee approached Scott as he stepped from a car, telling the 36-year-old to show his hands. Scott spun around quickly with something in his hand and Lee, fearing for his life, fired the fatal shot, McManus has said.McManus has said that Lee's patrol car was positioned such that the dashboard camera didn't capture the shooting, and Lee wasn't wearing a body camera.