Temple: Services scheduled for man whom local officer shot, killed

Michael Dean, 28, was shot to death at around 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the area of Southeast H K Dodgen Loop and Little River Road on the south side of the city. (Family photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Services have been scheduled for a Temple man whom a local police officer shot and killed in an encounter about which few details have been released.

Michael Dean, 28, was shot to death at around 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the area of Southeast H K Dodgen Loop and Little River Road on the south side of the city.

The officer who shot him, Carmen DeCruz remains on administrative leave.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Greater Zion Temple Church of God in Christ at 808 East Central Ave. in Temple.

The service begins at noon at the church.

Dean was a Temple High School graduate who attended Temple College where he was pursuing a business degree.

Temple police have remained tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, referring questions to the Texas Rangers, who are investigating.

Members of Dean’s family are demanding answers about the deadly shooting and the attorney who represents them, Lee Merritt of Houston, says Dean was unarmed and was shot in the head.

“We had an individual who was shot one time in the head, that doesn’t imply a scuffle that implies an execution. I don’t want to speculate…this family doesn’t want to speculate," Merritt said.

The controversy was further fueled by the release of a preliminary autopsy report that identified the manner of death as homicide, which some apparently concluded meant Dean was murdered.

Homicide, however, is a term applied in any case in which one person kills another, regardless of the circumstances.