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Abilene officer who killed child sex crime suspect cleared in connection to shooting

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene police officer who killed a suspect accused of sexually assaulting two children has been cleared of any possible charges in connection to the shooting. 

A Grand Jury reviewed the case Thursday and decided the officer***, a 9-year veteran of the Abilene Police Department, is not criminally liable for the death of suspect Michael McGinnis, who was shot and killed when officers tried to arrest him on two Indecency with a Child warrants at his apartment on the 4000 block of S. 7th Street last month. 

Details revealed during the initial investigation indicate McGinnis was armed with a gun during the police confrontation and began waving it in a threatening manner toward police, prompting the officer to fire 3 times. 

Police Chief Stan Standridge sent a press release that states, "the Police Department also conducted an internal investigation by the Office of Professional Standards.  All investigations supported my belief that the force used was necessary and reasonable given the circumstances."

Court documents detailing the sex crime allegations against McGinnis say a child came forward to police, claiming he would come into her room and inappropriately touch her at night, beginning in 2011 when she was 4-years-old and ending when she was 6. 

Child Protective Services alerted police to the second victim in October of 2017, when a 14-year-old special needs girl,  described in court documents as "high-functioning autistic", was taking part in an unrelated CPS investigation and made remarks that indicated she may have been sexually assaulted by McGinnis.

The child told detectives McGinnis would come into her room at night and touch her inappropriately while they were both naked, according to court documents, which state shortly before McGinnis shot himself in 2012, the child's mother caught him naked in her daughter's room and asked him to move out. 

 

 

***KTAB and KRBC are choosing not to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting since he has been cleared of all criminal liability. 


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