Plano shooting victims, shooter identified by Police; roundup of news coverage of mass shooting in Dallas suburb

Who were the shooting victims on Sunday night when a gun man entered a Plano home during a pro football TV watching party ?

When: About 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Where: Home in 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in suburban Plano, Texas 75023.

Authorities in Plano have identified the fatal shooting victims as

Meredith Emily Hight, the 27-year-old estranged wife of the suspect

Anthony “Tony” Michael Cross – age 33

Olivia Nicole Deffner – age 24

James Richard Dunlop – age 29

Darryl William Hawkins – age 22

Rion Christopher Morgan – age 31

Myah Sade Bass – age 28

Caleb Seth Edwards – age 25

Police have identified the shooter as Spencer Hight, age 32. A Police Police officer shot Mr. Hight. Police report that Hight was armed with more than one weapon.

The location was Spencer Hight’s former home where there was a cookout and Cowboys TV watching party happening Sunday night.

Witnesses say Mrs. Hight had filed for divorce.

One witness has said he saw Mr. Hight at a local bar right before the shooting.

“”We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude. We’ve never seen this many victims before. It’s just a terrible event,” Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin.

The Plano Police officer who confronted and shot Spencer Hight is on administrative leave pending investigation by the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. The officer heard shots and saw victims in the backyard and in home as he responded to the call.

Police Chief Greg Rushin reports the officer showed great bravery.

The victims were reported to have been watching the Dallas Cowboys game vs. the New York Giants on TV in the home in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway in Plano just east of Custer Road between Green Oaks and Blue Ridge Trail.

Spring Creek Parkway was closed Sunday night and Monday as authorities investigated the killings.

There is one survivor, whose name has not been identified.

Thanks to the David Tilley and officers of Plano Police Department, Texas Rangers, Medical Examiners and so on  … Integrity … Bravery … Professionalism. 

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, 19-3, on that night.

  • Story and links compiled by Brian Bearden, @collincountydfw

Follow the story of the mass shooting on Sunday night all in one place:


One of first stories by DallasNews

Story on couple by DMN


KXII News 12 in Sherman, Texas


Plano shooter identified – NBC 5 Sept. 12, 2017









Dallas Observer

  • Compiled by Brian Bearden
  • @collincountydfw

Plano Police say ‘Be wise, Don’t advertise’ what’s under your tree; prevent burglaries, home invasions

The Plano Police Department shows how easy it is for a burglar to know what gifts you received.

Prevent crime: “Be wise, Don’t Advertise.”

Special thanks to David Tilley and the Plano Police.

Thanks for sharing with your friends and family. Prevent crime in your neighborhood.


Crime alert: Beware of ‘bank jugging’

By David Tilley, Plano Police Department

Hello Plano neighbor,

I know I have shared this before but it has been awhile and it’s still happening. Several law enforcement agencies across the state, including Plano, have been working on cases of a crime identified as “jugging”. The Plano Police Department offers the following information on what “jugging” is, what citizens can be aware of, and things they can do to reduce their risks of becoming victims of this crime.

• The term is used to describe suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly.
• “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes and coin boxes.
• Most “jugging” Burglary of Motor Vehicles occur at a retail or commercial business the customer stops at after leaving the bank.
• If a customer leaves the bank and does not leave their money unattended in the vehicle most “Juggers” will go back to the bank to target another banking customer; however, some “Juggers” will confront the customer in an attempt to rob them by taking the money by force.

• Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line.
• Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank.
• Vehicles changing parking spaces.
• Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
• Vehicles with multiple occupants.

• Always be aware of your surroundings.
• Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
• Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
• If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward the police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
• Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.

Beware of burglars posing as utility workers; alert seniors

Crime Alert from David Tilley of the Plano Police Department:

Recently, there have been some reported “distraction” type burglaries taking place in our city. Most of the victims targeted have been elderly so I want to get this out to each of you and ask that you be aware and pass along the information to others who you think could be victimized by this technique.

This is how it works: Distraction burglary is a crime in which elderly persons are often the targets. The perpetrator seeks to draw a resident out of the house on a pretext. While the resident is occupied, an accomplice enters the home and picks up valuables such as money and jewelry. Thieves may also pick up papers with the intent of committing identity theft.

In a variation, the accomplice enters the dwelling by a second door while the resident is occupied at the other door. This type of burglary is also known as ruse burglary, imposter burglary, and diversion burglary.

Here is an example of recent ones we have had reported: Suspects make contact with victim. Suspect No. 1 advises he works for a company and they need to look at something in the yard. Our cases were reported as being represented as a TXU worker needing to look at trees while the other was Oncor. While Suspect No. 1 distracts the homeowner by talking to them, Suspect No. 2 enters into the home and commits the burglary.

The suspects in each of our cases were described as Hispanic males and the vehicle was a light colored sedan.

Be careful and again, pass this along to your elderly friends and neighbors.

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