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Neighbors of Suspect React to Deadly Shooting in Quiet Neighborhood

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - NewsWest 9 spoke with at least 20 neighbors on Friday and some were only acquaintances of shooting suspect Dan Higgins. They say he was very a cordial man. Others who didn't know him were shocked that a shooting as tragic as this one rocked their quiet Midland neighborhood.

"We have never seen anything like this before," Midland County resident, Carla Repman, said.

Residents who live near the 3800 block of County Road 1247 are still on edge after Thursday's shooting.

"My main concern was that I have friends that live in that neighborhood. I was concerned about them and their safety and the safety of the deputy and the safety of the people that were here in the neighborhood," Midland resident, Leslie Harman, said.

Some neighbors were ordered by law enforcement to stay inside their homes.

"They blocked off our end of the street so all traffic that direction at the south end of the street was blocked off," Harman said.

Others spotted the active scene and made a run for it.

"I started seeing police cars and they were speeding down the road and all I could think about was, 'Let's just get out of here,'" Repman said.

Repman has lived in the neighborhood for almost 36 years. She could see emergency lights from her backyard into the late night hours.

"I got here about 4:30 p.m., well no, it was about 5:00 p.m. and they still had it blocked off but [the officer] said as long as we came in and went inside and stayed inside, we'd be OK," Repman said.

After hearing on the news of what happened around the corner, Harman honors the fallen.

"I just want for them to know how much we do appreciate their support and how much we do appreciate the work that they do and the risks they take in their jobs. That's something they do that most of us never even see," Harman said.

All residents are just hoping their quiet neighborhood will return back to normal.

"It's not everyday that it happens and I certainly hope that we don't have anything like that happen again," Harman said.

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