Tragic Plano, TX, Shooting: Suspect Was Estranged Husband Angry Over Wife Filing for Divorce

Meredith Hight and Spencer Hight
Meredith Hight and Spencer Hight

The family of a 27-year-old woman who was slain with seven other people Sunday night at a Plano house said her estranged husband went on a deadly rampage before a police officer fatally shot him.

Debbie Lane, mother of Meredith Hight, told WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that her daughter had been hosting a football watch party before the shootings.

Lane could not be reached for further comment. Court records show her daughter filed for divorce this summer from Spencer Hight. The case was pending.

Seven people were pronounced dead at the home and two were rushed to the hospital. One of those two later died, police Chief Gregory Rushin said Monday. The remaining victim’s condition was not available.

Rushin said the investigation is in its early stages, witnesses are still being interviewed and the department wants to make sure all the next of kin are notified before it releases victims’ names.

“We’re one of the safest cities in the country,” Rushin said. “We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude.”

Rushin said the investigation is in its early stages, witnesses are still being interviewed and the department wants to make sure all the next of kin are notified before it releases victims’ names.

“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 in the 1700 block of West Spring Creek Parkway, near Custer Road, 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 officer, whose name has not been released, was not injured.

“When something like this occurs, we can’t wait,” Rushin said. “We have to go in. Seconds matter.”

Rushin said police recovered multiple firearms of different types.

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SOURCE: Julieta Chiquillo, Naheed Rajwani, Valerie Wigglesworth
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