Inside The McKinney Police Shooting Investigation
McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers have released new documents into their investigation of the August 2010 shooting outside of the McKinney Public Safety Building, the home of the McKinney Police Department.
The documents, including cell phone text message records, show 29-year-old Patrick Sharp didn’t intend to kill any of the officers, but to fire at them in an attempt to be shot at. “I don’t hurt innocent people” he said in a text message to an underage girl, “I was gonna go to the police and shoot at them. I’m not afraid to die,” his message said.
Sharp targeted the police station because he knew officers would be armed. “I chose the police station ‘cuz I know they will kill me right away,” he told the girl. He equated the premeditated plan to a movie “Besides the terminator, whoever attacked a police station?”
The Texas Rangers evidence shows Sharped parked his pickup truck and a trailer full of ammunition outside the front door of the police headquarters, setting it on fire to draw officers outside the building.
Sharp then moved to a nearby wooded area with an assault rifle, shotgun and pistol and attempted to ambush police from his hiding place. Records show Sharp shot more than 160 rounds at officers, destroying 25 windows at the police headquarters and shooting multiple cars.
Sharp was eventually shot in the arm by a McKinney police officer. He then shot himself in the head. No officers or civilians in the area were injured in the incident that lasted less than 30 minutes.
Inside Sharp’s home investigators found more guns and ammunition, as well as a note for police talking about where his victims are buried, but Sharp hadn’t killed anyone.
Sharp’s roommate, Eric McClellan, was in Pennsylvania at the time of the shooting and told McKinney Police Sharp often talked about violence, but never acted out on it. “He could sit there and tell you a lie and be convincing about it.” McClellan said Sharp often fantasized about shootouts and robbing a bank, and was ‘a little off,’ but not to the extreme of his actions “He likes to feel he is number one.”
The investigation into the case was closed in February after it was presented to the Collin County Grand Jury.