Mother of slain daughter says her husband was responsible for the killings in Plano, Tx., at a football watching party. Seven people were pronounced dead at the home and another died at a hospital. A police officer killed the attacker.
The family of a 27-year-old woman who was slain with seven other people Sunday night at a Plano, Tx., house said her estranged husband went on a deadly rampage before a police officer fatally shot him, the Dallas Morning News reports. Debbie Lane, mother of Meredith Hight, told WFAA-TV that her daughter had been hosting a football watch party. Meredith Hight filed for divorce this summer from Spencer Hight. Seven people were pronounced dead at the home and two were rushed to the hospital, one of whom later died, said Police Chief Gregory Rushin.
“We’re one of the safest cities in the country,” Rushin said. “We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude.” Authorities were called to the home about 8 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired. A nearby officer who responded heard more gunfire from inside the home and saw victims in the backyard. He entered the house and fatally shot the gunman. The couple were married in 2011 but stopped living together in March. A friend of Meredith Hight said, “I always felt that their arguing got kind of ugly sometimes. He would say something to her and I would think, ‘Wow, if my husband ever spoke to me like that — I can’t believe he does that.’ And then she’d turn around and give it right back to him.”