1 dead, suspect in custody after Celina manhunt

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 3:03 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2020 at 5:10 PM CST
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CELINA, Texas (KXII) - A man is in police custody, and officers are still investigating what was considered an active shooter situation, in a Celina neighborhood Wednesday.

Just after 11 a.m. firefighters responded to a home on fire, in a neighborhood inside the Greenway subdivision, located near Highway 289 and County Road 52.

When firefighters made their way into the house they found a body.

The 9-1-1 call for a house fire quickly turned into a large-scale man hunt including the F-B-I, the Texas Rangers and the U-S Marshals, when construction workers in the area told police they heard gunshots and saw a man running from the home, before noticing smoke and flames.

“We knew (there was) somebody running from a fire, we knew we had a deceased body, so we immediately put all our schools on lock-down.” Celina Mayor Sean Terry said.

Several Collin County schools, including Celina and Prosper, were put on lock-down that afternoon while agencies from across the area searched for the suspect.

Terry said the U.S. Marshals located the suspect south of the city. That suspect is now in custody.

Neighbors told News 12 that the home belonged to a family: two children, a wife and husband.

“They’d always have their garage door open- I mean they seemed like a nice family. They’d wave when we walked by, it’s just unbelievable.” said Ashley Woodruff.

Woodruff lives in the home across the street. She said she knew something was wrong that morning.

“As I was walking out, a police officer stopped me and he told me I needed to go back inside. I thought oh my gosh- there must be a fire, and he said ‘there’s an active shooter.”

Woodruff told News 12 she didn’t know the family personally, but was still shocked to find out what happened.

“They say domestic disputes can be very dangerous...with the stress everyone is under and everything else going on.” Woodruff said.

Police have not released the name of the suspect. The victim has not yet been identified.

The full list of agencies that responded are as follows: Celina Police and Fire, Prosper Police and Fire, Frisco Police and S.W.A.T, Little Elm Police and S.W.A.T, McKinney Police and S.W.A.T, Richardson Fire Department, Wylie Command Post, Collin County Sheriff’s Department, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, The Texas Rangers, The Department of Public Safety, The U.S. Marshals, and the F.B.I.

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