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Sheriff's office talks courthouse security after North Texas district attorney's death

Kaufman County murders reverberating among Bexar county law enforcement

Security procedures were reviewed and a few changes were made at the Bexar County courthouse after a Kaufman County assistant prosecutor was killed in January, officials said Monday.

The changers were highlighted by Deputy Chief Tammy Burr, the Bexar County Sheriff's official in charge of court security, in light of the murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McClelland last week.

McClelland and his wife, Cynthia, were shot and killed by an unknown assailant outside of their home, just north of Dallas.

Assistant Prosecutor Mark Hasse was killed in January outside of the county courthouse.

“I don’t think anyone expected that to happen, being so close,” said Burr.

Which is why, said Burr, that running court security can be challenging.

The courthouse is a public building and the motives of those who walk through the door are hard to determine.

“So what we try and do is prevent anything from happening in the first place, rather than reacting to it after it does,” said Burr.

She said increased foot patrols and added surveillance top the list of changes made since the January attack, followed by daily intelligence briefings highlighting possible trouble spots or trials that might be attracting attention.

“This suspect attacked the system as a whole,” said Burr. “When you do something like that to a district attorney, it touches a nerve with all of us,” said Burr, referring to members of law enforcement.

She added that security details have been stepped up for Bexar County officials, including District Attorney Susan Reed.

“I feel very confident that they’re safe,” said Burr.

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