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McKinney Shooter Worked Security; Often Praised Police

McKinney Shooter Worked Security; Often Praised Police

An evidence tag marks a spot the day after where Patrick Gray Sharp set his truck on fire in front of the police station in McKinney, Texas. (AP)

Associated Press

August 19, 2010

McKINNEY, Texas — The man who killed himself during a shootout with a suburban Dallas police department once worked as a jailer and security guard and even praised the very officers he attacked, according to associates and records.

Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office said Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Sharp towed a trailer loaded with explosives into the parking lot of the McKinney police station and set his pickup truck on fire, presumably to lure officers out of the building and shoot at them.

Sharp retreated to a field across a road and fired more than 100 rounds at police headquarters, McKinney police Chief Bob Kowalski said. The trailer didn’t ignite.

Sharp killed himself during the shootout. Investigators found an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun on Sharp and later found more weapons in his home.

Nobody else was injured in the attack in the suburb of roughly 127,000 people about 30 miles north of Dallas.

Police said they don’t have a motive.

“I guess the thing that’s hardest for me is how did he even think of this?” said Cheryl Cox, the mother of Sharp’s roommate. “What brought this out? Why would he do something in front of a police department?”

Sharp was a security guard for building wire manufacturer Encore Wire Corp. in McKinney, Cox said. A spokesman for Encore Wire told The Dallas Morning News that Sharp resigned a few days before the attack. Encore officials didn’t return a call from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Cox said she thought of Sharp as a son and was “shocked” by the attack. She said she had no idea why he would target McKinney police, particularly since he often praised officers when he had to call them out to his work site.

“He relied on police to solve the problems at Encore,” Cox said from her home just behind the house Sharp shared with Eric McClellan in Anna, about 15 miles north of McKinney. “He never said, ‘Those jerks.’ Nothing. He was always praising them.”

Bobby Cox, the stepfather of Sharp’s roommate, said Sharp worked for him at his nursery business and was reliable and respectful. Sharp went out of his way to help nursery customers, and once moved furniture for a woman who wanted to rearrange her living room before her husband returned from Germany, Cheryl Cox said.

Neighbor Randy Mullins said he once rebuked Sharp, who used a pellet gun to shoot a dog that was wandering through the neighborhood. But Mullins said they maintained a cordial relationship and that Sharp “seemed like a real cool guy.”

Starting in 2001, Sharp was twice certified as a state-licensed security officer. The two-year licenses allowed him to work uniformed security but not carry a firearm.

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  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Unfortunately, we may never the wherefors or whys of this incident; like others have said, he probably had issues that no one was aware of until now. Guess we'll have to be satisfied that no one else got hurt out of this.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I see why that he could not carry a Fire arm he was what we call10-96

  • Sssssss_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Security Guard that never quite made it to police officer? Then one day he was like... "You know what? If I can't become a cop, then I might as well kill a few and end my life while I'm at it."

  • Img_0103_max50


    about 4 years ago


    "Bump" Retleo..!!

    This incident only shows a mentally deranged suspect, that for reasons only known to himself and GOD, did what he did and why. "Suicide by cop" and this "Assualt on Pct-13" senario, only shows just why and how much we as Police Officers need to be forever watchfull for the unexpected....

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 4 years ago


    What was his favorite color, what TV shows did he like, what did he like to eat........what else will the morons of the media "uncover" about this guy's past....and how much of it will actually be relevant to the shooting incident?

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Late blooming 10-96 I would think.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He's a fruitcake. correction, he wasss a fruitcake.

  • Lion_cub__masai_mara__kenya_max50


    about 4 years ago




    Well this just confuses the living heck out of me, please keep the updates going... the Media will follow this as long as it is profitable, i want to know Why it happened.

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