DALLAS (TNS) — A 32-year-old man killed by police after he fatally shot his estranged wife and seven others at a cookout in Plano, Texas, last fall was extremely drunk, according to an autopsy report released this week.
Spencer Hight’s blood alcohol content was 0.33 when he died, wrote Dr. William Rohr, the Collin County medical examiner.
The autopsy report was completed in late September. At the time, Plano police already suspected that alcohol had played a role based on what they heard from witnesses who had interacted with Hight at a bar before the killings, said Officer David Tilley, a department spokesman.
Spencer and Meredith Hight were going through a divorce when he stormed into their former home and used an AR-15 rifle to kill her and seven friends who had gathered for a football watch party. A police officer who responded to the scene fatally shot Spencer Hight.
Tilley said he didn’t know whether the rifle was legally obtained, referring questions to federal officials who continue to investigate the mass shooting.
In addition to 27-year-old Meredith Hight, the victims were Rion Morgan, 31; Anthony “Tony” Cross, 33; Olivia Deffner, 24; James Dunlop, 29; Darryl William Hawkins, 22; Myah Bass, 28; and Caleb Edwards, 25.
The day of the shooting, Spencer Hight sat at a Plano bar down the street from his former home and showed employees a knife and a pistol, according to search warrants. An employee at Local Public House told police he escorted Hight to his car so he could put away his weapons.
That’s when Hight asked the employee to turn away because he didn’t want him to see what was in the trunk of his car.
Two concerned employees tailed Hight after he left the bar and saw him outside his wife’s house. A bartender called 911, but when police arrived, Hight had already fired his gun.