An Aggieland justice of the peace has taken out a newspaper advertisement to apologize for comments he made in the wake of a shootout that left a constable dead.
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After the August 13 incident, in which Thomas Caffall III was killed shortly after he shot constable Brain Bachmann to death, JP Michael McCleary was quoted by the Bryan-College Station Eagle explaining why he decided to allow only Caffall's family members to retrieve his body.
McCleary said on the Caffall's autopsy report, he wrote that only the family could pick up the body of the gunman. Typically, he said, he'll list a local funeral home, as well as the family, so the body can be brought back to the area.
"In his case, I just put 'family.' I'm not going to let the county be out the expense of going and picking up his nasty-ass body. If it cost us $200 to go pick him up, I'm not going to pay for it. The family can take care of that. I have no sympathy for him or the family."
McCleary seems to have thought better of his choice of words, if the ad is any indication. The paper reports that in the ad, "McCleary apologizes for 'harshly spoken words' that were made out of 'anger, grief and frustration.'"