Today a man died after exchanging shots with the police at a police station in McKinney, Texas.
Police said the man was shot near the campus of Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas.
The incident happened at about 9:30am local time, when the unidentified shooter parked a Ford pickup with an attached flatbed trailer outside the campus' police department and set it on fire, Lt. Scott Brewer said.
“There were two people, the gunman and another person on the gunman’s side. The gunman is dead,” said Lisa Vasquez, spokeswoman for the nearby Collin County
Collin College's Central Park Campus was put on lockdown as officers and police dogs searched the campus, attempting to secure the scene.
Mr Brewer said a bomb squad was called to look for additional explosives inside the suspect's charred truck. But there was no word that any were found.
Here's the official press release from the city of McKinney about today's shooting:
Shooting incident at McKinney Public Safety Building
McKINNEY, TEXAS (Aug. 17, 2010) - A shooting incident this morning on and around the property of the McKinney Public Safety Building (PSB) ended with one suspect dead. No public safety officers or citizens were injured.
The deceased suspect has been identified as Patrick Gray Sharp, a 29 year-old white male from Anna, Texas. Officers have no reason to suspect a second individual was involved in the incident. However, an investigation of the incident is underway, aided by the Department of Public Safety, the FBI, the Collin County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers, Collin College campus police, Plano bomb squad, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearm and Explosives (ATF).
The entire event lasted less than five minutes. At 9:00 a.m., a pickup truck pulling a trailer pulled into the public parking area in front of the PSB. It was subsequently engulfed in flames; no driver or passenger was inside. The truck was loaded with ammunition that was discharged from the fire.
Shortly after the truck burst into flames, shots were fired on the building from the south. The PSB, which houses administrative offices for the police and fire departments and acts as the city's police station, is located across the street to the north of the Central Park Campus of Collin College.
Shots were exchanged, and the suspect was confirmed dead by a gunshot wound. It is not clear if the fatal injury was self-inflicted.