McKINNEY, Texas — A man towed a trailer full of explosives into the parking lot of a suburban Dallas police station yesterday, then set fire to his pickup truck and began shooting at the building in an apparent attempt to lure people outside to kill them, authorities said.
Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, died after a shootout with officers, but it is unclear whether he was killed by an officer’s bullet or one of his own, McKinney Police Chief Doug Kowalski said.
No one else was hurt during the gunfight, which prompted nearby Collin College to lock down its campus.
Sharp may have intended to lure people from the station so he could shoot at them from a field where he had taken position, Kowalski said. He also may have intended to kill them by blowing up the trailer, the chief said.
The fire set off ammunition in the truck but failed to ignite the trailer, which was filled with ammonia nitrate, gasoline, and road flares, Kowalski said.
Investigators found an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun on Sharp. Kowalski said Sharp fired at least 100 rounds at the police station.
It wasn’t clear how Sharp died, but Kowalski said a witness indicated he shot himself.