Lancaster woman shot in fight over dues for HOA that city says no longer exists
- Written by Loyd Brumfield Loyd Brumfield
- Published: 06 August 2019 06 August 2019
Lancaster, TX - A long-running dispute with a homeowners' association that the city of Lancaster says no longer officially exists apparently led to the shooting of a woman whose husband is listed as the HOA's president.
Kenneth Haggerty was arrested Monday morning and booked into the Dallas County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Dallas County court records.
He was released on $100,000 bail at 9:14 p.m. Monday, according to jail records. Conditions of his bond prohibit him from going near the victim, court records show, but he and the woman live less than a block apart in Lancaster's Pleasant Run Estates neighborhood.
Kenneth Haggerty (Dallas County Jail)
Haggerty, 59, faces charges in the shooting of Belinda Tucker, which occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Rawlins Drive.
Lancaster police said the suspect blocked Tucker with his car and prevented her from leaving the neighborhood, WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported.
Tucker was shot in the arm, head and hand, and her husband, who wasn't hurt, exchanged fire with the suspect.
"I used my right hand to shield his final attempt to shoot me in my head, but I fell over in my seat and played dead and did not move," Tucker, a former Lancaster mayoral candidate in May, told Channel 8 in an email she sent Monday.
Tucker, reached by phone Tuesday, said she is out of the hospital but is in a great deal of pain.
"I'm so sore," she said. "I'm a wreck. I'm an emotional mess."
Tucker was returning with a friend from visiting a neighbor when she spotted the suspect's car, she said.
She took pictures but dropped her phone as she started to flee, she said. She later recovered it.
"He just started shooting through the window," Tucker said.
Her husband then arrived and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, Tucker said.
The neighborhood was once represented by a dues-collecting HOA, but the city created a public improvement district in 2016 to assume responsibility for neighborhood improvements, Deputy City Manager Rona Stringfellow told KXAS-TV (Channel 5).
The shooting happened Sunday in Lancaster, sending the victim to the hospital and the suspect to jail. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/Staff Photographer)
The city had no knowledge that an organization in the neighborhood was still collecting dues in the name of the HOA, Stringfellow told the station.
"It is news to us that it was reactivated and that they were pursuing dues," Stringfellow said.
Tucker disputed the notion that the city had no idea about the HOA, saying that it is a legitimate, dues-collecting organization that is still active.
"It does exist. If it doesn't exist, it's only because it's not on the city's website," Tucker said.
Stringfellow did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
Attempts to reach Haggerty through several phone numbers weren't successful. His wife, Sherita Haggerty, referred questions to his attorney, Dallas attorney Heath Harris.
A message left at Harris' office wasn't immediately returned.
Source: Dallas Morning News