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Child sex crime suspect killed in officer-involved shooting at Abilene apartment identified

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The child sex crime suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting at an Abilene apartment complex Friday morning has been identified.

Michael Leroy McGinnis, 29, was shot and killed when officers attempted to arrest him on two warrants for Indecency with a Child and a motion to provoke warrant*** at his apartment on the 4000 block of S. 7th Street around 9:00 a.m. 

During a press conference, Chief Stan Standridge said police arrived at the complex, found McGinnis armed with a weapon in the back bedroom of an apartment, and after 11 minutes of negotiations, McGinnis moved his handgun in a threatening manner, prompting an officer to fire three times in self-defense. 

McGinnis died despite attempts to resuscitate, and all 5 officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as the Texas Rangers and the Abilene Police Department's Internal Affairs Division investigate any potential policy violations or crimes.

The Abilene Police Department's criminal division is also launching an aggravated assault of a peace officer investigation in connection to the shooting. 

Chief Standridge says the child sex crime warrants filed against McGinnis are for allegations involving a child around the age of 4 who may have been sexually assaulted by McGinnis for years. 

BigCountryHomepage will have the latest information on this officer-involved shooting as the investigation continues. Check back for any updates. 

***McGinnis was on probation for an arson case in 2015. He's accused of setting fire to a house on the 1700 block of State Street so police would come save him from the cartel. 


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