Denison HS graduate killed by McKinney police officers

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MCKINNEY, Texas -- It's been almost a week since a Denison father was shot and killed by McKinney police officers.

Shots rang out at a McKinney apartment complex last Wednesday after police responded to a domestic violence call.

Officers shot and killed 35-year-old Joseph Khammash after they said he opened fire on them.

Lori Tingle was his classmate at Denison High School years ago.

"He was a friend to everyone," Tingle said. "Everyone who knew him loved him."

Investigators say Khammash was holding his ex-wife and child hostage inside a van that night.

When police approached him, they say Khammash began shooting, officers returned fired and killed him.

No one else was hurt but neighbors described what they saw hours after the shooting.

"I could see all the yellow tape this morning," a neighbor said. "I went around and looked around to see if my car got shot. You don't know where bullets fly."

Tingle says these actions don't reflect the high school friend she remembers.

She says the two had recently reconnected and were planning to meet up.

"We started texting back and forth and talking about the past and we were eventually going to get together in McKinney to hang out and catch up," Tingle said.

Court records show Khammash had a long history of domestic violence.

Documents show his ex-wife recently filed for divorce and had protective orders against him for repeated harassment and stalking.

Tingle says the way the incident went down Wednesday night was upsetting.

She wants the Khammash family to know her thoughts and prayers are with them.

"My heart goes out to everyone who is missing someone right now," Tingle said.

Texas Rangers are still investigating the incident.

The McKinney police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave.



 
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