The Waco police spokesman who was virtually the sole source of law enforcement information on the deadly spring shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant plans to run for sheriff in the 2016 election.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton filed a report July 17 designating a campaign treasurer. He will face incumbent McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara, who told the paper he's seeking re-election.
The May 17 shootout that drew international scrutiny brought a higher profile for Swanton. More recently, though, he's declined to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation.
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It is unclear whose bullets struck the nine dead and 18 injured in what authorities say was a confrontation between two motorcycle clubs. Waco police have sought to block the public release of autopsy reports and ballistic analyses.