They were told that Ricky Don McCommas from Joshua in neighboring Johnson County was at a home of a teen-age girl who accused him of aggravated sexual assault nearly a year ago.
But McCommas was known to sheriff's officials because a “criminal trespass warning” had been issued on him; the licensed gun dealer had been cautioned not to approach the teen’s home.
First on the scene was Sgt. Lance McLean, 38, (shown here) who was fatally wounded.
Officials believe McCommas fled to Granbury where he engaged police in a shootout at City Hall that resulted in his death.
McLean, who had been in very critical condition and on life support, died 11:45 a.m. Saturday at a Fort Worth hospital.
Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford supervised the execution of a search warrant at McCommas' home in Joshua. Nearly three dozen guns were seized.
Alford also said he didn’t know McLean, but his sacrifice no doubt saved lives.
“This McCommas — he had motives and he had intent,” Alford said. “He proved it in downtown Granbury.
“But if the sergeant hadn’t got to the house and intervened, there’s no telling what could have happened” there.
-- Bill Miller