Family of officer-involved shooting victim shares perspective through tabloid staff
SAN ANTONIO -- The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by an SAPD officer shared its perspective through the staff of a weekly tabloid.
The San Antonio Observer held a news conference Sunday afternoon where Stephanie Zarriello, the tabloid's publisher, said Antronie Scott had been "unjustly murdered."
"The wife of Mr. Scott has asked me to convey her fear, her fear of SAPD officers and police union officials who she believes will stop at nothing and take any action necessary, even more murder or intimidation in order to see that Officer Lee is not punished for this crime," Zarriello said.
She described the position of the 36-year-old's hands as being in a "posture of surrender" before the shot was fired Thursday night at an apartment complex on the North Side.
Michael Tucker, an Observer reporter, added more details about the wife's perspective.
"The fact of the matter is the man's hands were held above his head," Tucker said. "He was asked to put his hands up. He put his hands up. His wife was there. He was shot immediately."
The Observer staff declined to elaborate on what else Scott's wife witnessed. The Scott family also declined to comment.
SAPD Chief William McManus spoke to reporters on Thursday and again on Friday, promising a thorough investigation. He said Officer John Lee had been on the force for 10 years.
"According to Officer Lee, the individual quickly spun around upon getting out of his vehicle toward Officer Lee," McManus said Friday.
Lee said he thought he saw a gun in Scott's hand, according to McManus. It turned out to be a cell phone.
Scott was wanted for crimes related to drugs and gun possession.
"All we seek today is justice," said Terrance Coklow, vice president of the Greater East Side Coalition. "Justice is the principle of fair dealing. That's all we want is to be treated fairly. Conduct the investigation fairly. That's all we want and let the chips fall where it may."
SAPD sent the following statement to Fox San Antonio on Saturday: "The San Antonio Police Department is continuing its investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will continue to provide the public with updates into both the criminal and administrative investigations as information becomes available. We are committed to conducting an unbiased and transparent investigation into this matter."