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Police ID Abilene man killed in officer-involved shooting

Michael Leroy McGinnis II

ABILENE, Texas -- Police Chief Stan Standridge has identified the man shot and killed by police Friday while serving two warrants for indecency with a child and a warrant to revoke his probation for arson.

Killed was 29-year-old Michael Leroy McGinnis II.


Five officers were attempting to execute the warrants about 9 a.m. at McGinnis' apartment in the 4000 block of South 7th Street. He was wanted for violating his probation in a 2016 conviction for arson and two new counts of indecency with a child.

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Standridge said officers tried for 11 minutes to de-escalate the situation before McGinnis moved his gun in a threatening manner.

One of the officers fired three shots, killing McGinnis. All five officers have been placed on administrative leave while investigations by the Texas Rangers and Abilene police occur.

The case will ultimately be presented for grand jury review.

McGinnis was convicted of arson in 2016 and was sentenced to eight years probation. As KTXS previously reported, McGinnis started a fire in June 2015 by stabbing an air conditioning unit with a knife. He said he wanted to get the attention of the police so they could protect him from the cartel.

The two new counts involve a girl who was under the age of 7 when the abuse started and a teenager with special needs.

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