A San Antonio police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man is to be fired.

In a terse statement issued Tuesday, Police Chief William McManus says Officer John Lee has been, in the chief's words, "issued a contemplated indefinite suspension for placing himself unnecessarily in a tactical situation wherein he felt compelled to use deadly force."

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.

Investigators say Antronie Scott was fatally shot the night of Feb. 4 at a San Antonio apartment complex by officers trying to serve him with felony weapons and drug warrants. They say Scott was holding a cellphone, not a gun as officers feared.

Lee was a 10-year department veteran.