Press Release- courtesy of APD

On 3/23/18 at 0852 hours, Abilene Police Patrol Officers went to an apartment located in the 4000 block of South 7th in a search for a wanted subject. The subject in question, Michael Leroy McGinnis Jr (age 29) had active arrest warrants for 2 counts of Indecency with a Child and a warrant for Motion to Revoke Probation (MTR)-Arson. The Indecency with Child Warrants had bonds at $75,000 each and the MTR had no bond.

The officers contacted a resident in the apartment who confirmed McGinnis’ presence in a back bedroom. Officers subsequently made contact with McGinnis in the back bedroom who was armed with a handgun. Officers took up positions outside the bedroom, in the threshold of the door, behind a ballistic shield. Officers then began negotiations with McGinnis in an attempt to obtain his surrender.

After approximately 11 minutes of negotiation between officers and McGinnis, McGinnis moved his handgun in a threatening manner. One officer responded by firing three rounds in defense of himself and other officers.

McGinnis was struck three times. Officers immediately began rendering medical assistance and calling for medical personnel. Regrettably, McGinnis died at the scene. McGinnis’ gun was also secured at the scene.

As with all Officer Involved Shootings, three concurrent investigations will take place. One will be conducted by the Texas Rangers who will present their findings for review by a Taylor County Grand Jury. A second investigation will be conducted into the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer case by the Abilene Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. A third investigation will be conducted by the Abilene Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards which will examine the actions of the officers compared to APD Policy.

The five officers, including the one who fired his weapon, have been placed on paid administrative leave per APD Policy. The officer who fired his weapon is an eight-year veteran of the Abilene Police Department.


Sgt. Lynn Beard-Office of Public Information