Sheriff Roger Deeds of the Hood County Texas Sheriff Department has reported that Sergeant Lance McLean, 38, of his department was shot and killed as a result of a disturbance call he had responded to in the Oak Trails community near Lake Granbury on Thursday.
A male awaiting trial on a sexual assault of a minor female had shown up at the girl’s home. The victim was only identified as the suspect’s wife’s niece.
Officers had responded to previous trespass complaints involving the suspect as he was attempting to confront the victim. The suspect was known to officers and was repeatedly warned to stay away from the victim and her family.
Sergeant McLean was the first officer on the scene of the call on Thursday morning. The suspect, later identified as Ricky Don McCommas, 49, immediately opened fire on Sgt. McLean with a semi-automatic rifle striking him in the head.
McCommas fled the scene in a van and headed toward the Granbury City Hall. Other officers attempted to stop the suspect as he fled. The suspect stopped his van in the City Hall parking lot and approached officers, opening fire on them with the rifle. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect after he had shot and wounded a Granbury City Police Officer.
The shootings are being investigated by the Hood County Sheriff Department, Granbury City Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Sgt. McLean was flown via medivac helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he succumbed to his injuries the following day at 11:45am.
Sergeant Lance McLean served the Hood County Sheriff Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and two special-needs children.
Sergeant Lance McLean gone but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, June 28, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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