County leaders hope to receive about $270,000 from the state to cover some costs associated with the deadly May 17 Twin Peaks shootout in Waco.
Commissioners directed staff Tuesday to apply for a grant from the state’s County Essential Services Program, which offers reimbursements of costs a county incurs after an incident.
County Administrator Dustin Chapman said the total may not be the final amount the county seeks, as applying for more funding is permitted.
County Judge Scott Felton said the shootout that left nine dead and at least 20 injured was a statewide issue and not just a county matter.
The state’s program is to ensure counties do not carry the full burden of an incident of that nature, Felton said. Not all costs will be covered, but officials hope to have some reimbursed, he said.
Chapman said the funding covers the housing of inmates that day at the Jack Harwell Detention Center — which cost about $190,000 — as well as costs associated with autopsies, transportation of bodies and overtime for the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
On the day of the incident, 177 people were arrested. Nine more have been arrested since then, and 106 have been indicted by a grand jury.
The city of Waco also applied for grant funding to cover Twin Peaks-related costs.
The city council sent off an application in January requesting a $248,841 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to cover costs, including police officer overtime.
The county received $40,000 to $50,000 from the County Essential Services Program through Gov. Greg Abbott’s office after applying for reimbursements for a two-week capital murder trial that was moved to Williamson County in 2013.
Funding for the state program is considered on a case-by-case basis, with preference given to counties seeking reimbursement for costs incurred for the investigation and/or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of bias or prejudice, according to the governor’s website.