Police suspect man killed by homemade explosive
Victim’s father said his son liked to tinker with fireworks
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.
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.