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Man shoots way in, dies at Lewisville blood center

A Grapevine man was found dead Monday night at a Lewisville blood center after he shot his way into the closed business, authorities said.
A Grapevine man was found dead Monday night at a Lewisville blood center after he shot his way into the closed business, authorities said.

A man who shot his way into the Carter Blood Care Center and then was found dead has been identified as Jeffrey Staley of Grapevine, according to police and the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website.

Staley, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. A ruling on his death is pending, but police believe he committed suicide.

Police got a 911 call at 8:12 p.m. Monday from a neighboring business, Lewisville police Capt. Dan Rochelle said.

A witness saw the man shoot his way into the building through the glass door, Rochelle said.

He said the man was carrying two red 5-gallon gas canisters containing fuel. "It appears he was going to ignite them, but we don’t really know," he said.

The blood care center was closed, and no one was inside at the time of the shooting.

Police had no previous calls involving Staley before the shooting, and he had not been a donor at the center.

Christian Boschult, 817-390-7770, @CBOSCH192

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