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Family seeks answers after son killed in officer-involved shooting

Police have identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday night.

TEMPLE, Texas — One man was killed after an officer-involved shooting in Temple Monday evening.

Temple police identified the man killed as 28-year-old Michael Dean. 

The shooting was reported at 8:12 p.m.Monday near the intersection of Loop 363 and Little River Rd.

Dean's mother, Christine Dean, said an officer showed up at her house at 1:30 a.m. to tell her the news, but they still have questions about what led to the shooting. 

"They should of had a definite explanation for us and not a bunch of 'I don't knows,'" Christine Dean said.

The family said they did not know exactly where his body was. They said they originally believed it was in Dallas, but it is still in Temple.

"I just want to know what happened to my son that caused him not to be with us anymore," Christine said. 

Dallas area attorney Lee Merritt held a press conference with the family Friday afternoon in front of the Bell County Justice Center.

He said the family has been denied justice and that the officer who shot Dean should be identified.

Merritt also said Dean was shot one time in the head.

The Temple Police Department said the officer involved would be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The officer was not injured in the incident and has been with TPD for nine years, according to the department.

"My son was a not a criminal. He loved everybody and everything and he loved life," Christine said.

According to arrest records, Michael Dean had been arrested for misdemeanor offenses, but he had not been arrested since 2017. 

Sgt. Bryan Washko, the Texas Rangers public information officer, said the Texas Rangers were assisting in the investigation at the request of TPD.

TPD sent a press release Tuesday saying the agency would not be able to release anymore information because the Texas Rangers were in charge of the investigation.

The press release read as follows:

"We understand the desire from our residents and media partners to know more about the circumstances behind this officer involved shooting.

However, the Texas Rangers are the leading agency in this investigation, and thus have given direction to the Temple Police Department not to release any further details. Again, all media inquiries should be directed to [Washko]"


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