Service held for man killed by local officer as family still seeks answers

Funeral services are held for Michael Dean, 28, after being shot and killed by a Temple police...
Funeral services are held for Michael Dean, 28, after being shot and killed by a Temple police officer on December 2nd. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)(KWTX)
Published: Dec. 21, 2019 at 5:45 PM CST
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Family and friends gathered inside Greater Zion Temple Church of God in Christ Saturday to say their final goodbye to 28-year-old Michael Dean.

Dean was shot and killed on Dec. 2 by Temple police officer Carmen DeCruz.

Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the Dean family, says he was unarmed and shot in the head.

More than three weeks since the shooting, questions still remain on what led to the fatal incident.

"No family should have to put their child in the ground not knowing how they got there," Merritt said.

During the service, Dean's brothers spoke about how loving of a person he was. They also thanked the community for supporting their family.

"Anytime something good happened he would say 'Praise God, Praise God' and the way he said it was so funny. It really made you feel good to hear it," Brandon Jenkins said.

Dean was one of 10 children, his siblings played a large role in the services, on the drums and at the podium.

Merritt also spoke in front to the audience.

"Michael Dean was an active and involved father to three beautiful girls he was their shepherd he kept them out of harms way he was a provider. And their shepherd is gone .this community of course now has responsibility to protect those girls with their father no longer care," Merritt said.

Merritt says his office plans to file a complaint with the Department of Justice against Temple Police Department for what he says was a destruction of evidence.

He says police washed and bleached the seats in Dean's vehicle before his team was able to analyze the vehicle for their own tests.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.