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Local man who shot up house dies in exchange of gunfire with officers

A Central Texas man who authorities say shot up his house while his wife and two children watched later died in an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members and state troopers early Friday.
A Central Texas man who authorities say shot up his house while his wife and two children watched later died in an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members and state troopers early Friday.(Hannah Hall)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 7:25 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2020 at 3:18 PM CDT
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MCLENNAN COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) - A man who shot up his house late Thursday night in rural McLennan County while his wife and two children, ages 11 and 12, watched, died early Friday morning in an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members and state troopers, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Authorities identified the man as William Lane, 46.

Deputies responded at around 11:45 p.m. after Lane’s wife called 911 to report the disturbance at the family’s home on County Road 181 just outside of Riesel.

Lane left the home before authorities arrived, but as deputies escorted his wife and children out of the residence, he opened fire from a nearby wooded area, McNamara said.

The deputies called for backup and a standoff ensued that lasted until after 3 a.m.

Lane opened fire again after the officers found him hiding behind a wood pile.

Deputies and troopers returned fire.

“They had to use deadly force and rightly so, they had to protect themselves as well as our citizens,” McNamara said.

Lane was a convicted felon and shouldn’t have had a firearm, McNamara said.

He was carrying extra ammunition when he was killed, he said.

“It was a very dangerous, violent situation. Our guys got people to safety and when they were fired upon they returned fire. The bad guy is dead, plain and simple,” he said.

Lane had a list of mostly misdemeanor convictions, but pleaded guilty in Coryell County to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for which he was sentenced in January 2019 to 10 years' probation, according online records.

Texas Rangers are investigating.

(Hannah Hall, Ke’Sha Lopez and Pete Sousa contributed to this story)

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