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June 29, 2013

AP: Hood County deputy dies of gunshot wound

By NOMAAN MERCHANT | Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Hood County sheriff's deputy died Saturday, a day after being shot by a man who was later killed by police.

Hood County Sheriff's Sgt. Lance McLean died at the John Peter Smith Hospital on Saturday in Fort Worth, Sheriff Roger Deeds said.

McLean was shot in the head by Ricky Don McCommas, 49, when responding to a disturbance call at a home near Granbury about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Friday.

"Everybody's having a tough time dealing with it," Deeds said. He said McLean was married and had two children.

McCommas fled into Granbury where he shot city police Officer Chad Davis in the shoulder before officers fatally shot McCommas. A rifle was visible on the ground near his van while investigators scoured the scene.

Granbury Police Chief Mitch Galvan said Saturday that Davis was being moved out of intensive care. In addition to Davis' shoulder wound, Galvan said doctors found three bullet fragments in his knee.

Galvan said he and his officers knew McLean well.

"This has been a tremendous loss," he said. "You can't replace Sgt. Lance McLean."

Galvan called McLean a leader with a "great sense of humor."

"He was a very caring man. His family was his life and his job was his life" Galvan said.

Johnson County court records indicate McCommas was indicted in April for sexual assault of a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court Friday.

McLean had worked for the sheriff's office for five years.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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