Man Pleads Guilty to Capital Murder of a Peace Officer

Man Pleads Guilty to Capital Murder of a Peace Officer

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - The man accused of shooting and killing a Midland County deputy will never see the light of day again.

Dan Higgins made a plea deal on Thursday.

He pled guilty to capital murder.

But instead of the death penalty, he'll spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Higgins was wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Back in October, deputies went to arrest him at his home on North County Road 1247 knowing he was armed and dangerous.

According to the report, Higgins refused to come out of the house so deputies broke a window to get inside.

Sergeant Mike Naylor tried to get him to surrender.

Higgins fired a gun and the bullet struck Sergeant Naylor in the head.

Deputies pulled Naylor out of the home and he was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Officials say he never regained consciousness.

Higgins continued to hole himself up in his home and he eventually surrendered.

The Midland County District Attorney plans to hold a press conference with the media on Friday morning about the plea deal to answer any additional questions.

NewsWest 9 will be at the press conference and we'll keep you up to date.