Po­lice sus­pect man killed by home­made ex­plo­sive

Vic­tim’s fa­ther said his son liked to tinker with fire­works

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Isadora Vail and Clau­dia Grisales

Po­lice said a man died Mon­day from in­juries he suf­fered when a home­made ex­plo­sive de­vice ac­ci­den­tally det­o­nated while he was driv­ing Sun­day night in South Austin.

Po­lice said Scott McKin­ney, 50, made the de­vice and prob­a­bly planned to throw it into an un­oc­cu­pied area along Davis Lane. But of­fi­cials said they did not know ex­actly what he in­tended to do with it.

McKin­ney was found in­jured in his bur­gundy Chrysler Town & Coun­try mini­van in a ditch about 10 p.m., just east of Brodie Lane, po­lice Cpl. Scott Perry said.

He said McKin­ney had in­juries that were not con­sis­tent with a wreck. He was taken to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge, where he died shortly be­fore 5 a.m., Perry said.

“We are ask­ing any­one who may have seen Mr. McKin­ney ear­lier in the evening or the mini­van in the evening or wit­nessed the crash to please con­tact us,” Perry said.

McKin­ney’s fa­ther, Carl McKin­ney, 74, said he be­lieved the de­vice could have been a high­pow­ered fire­work be­cause his son liked to re­wire fire­works bought from a stand.

“It just sounds like just a tragic ac­ci­dent, and I just can’t be­lieve it hap­pened,” McKin­ney said. “It was prob­a­bly some­thing he put to­gether since he en­joyed tin­ker­ing and play­ing and re­mak­ing fire­works, even at his age.”

Carl McKin­ney, who lives a few miles from where his son lived, said the jour­ney­man elec­tri­cian had come over Sun­day af­ter­noon to watch tele­vi­sion with him.

McKin­ney said his son left and then called to check in shortly af­ter 8 p.m. Sun­day.

At 12:30 a.m. Mon­day, McKin­ney re­ceived the news about his son’s in­juries.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it,” said McKin­ney, an Air Force vet­eran. “I was his fa­ther, but I was also his best friend. It hurts.”

Ac­cord­ing to pub­lic records, Scott McKin­ney had a crim­i­nal record that in­cluded con­vic­tions for bur­glary in the early 1990s, a driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated charge in 2000, and un­law­ful pos­ses­sion and car­ry­ing of a firearm in 2004 and in 2005.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who knew of McKin­ney’s where­abouts be­fore the crash, or saw the mini­van in the area or wit­nessed the crash to call 477-3588 or 911.

Jay Jan­ner

Austin po­lice homi­cide de­tec­tives in­spect a site Mon­day on Davis Lane near Brodie Lane, where Scott McKin­ney was found in­jured in his mini­van in a ditch Sun­day night.

Scott McKin­ney Po­lice sus­pect he made de­vice.

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