Former acquaintance of Waco murder suspect said he was 'a quiet guy'

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Newschannel 6 is learning more about the identity of a Wichita Falls man police said committed a murder in central Texas.

Hill County Chief Deputy R.D. White told our Raycom Affiliate News Channel 25 in Waco that Kyle Matthew McCurrin, 28, shot Dennis Palvas, 59, of Waco in the chest outside a home in Abbott Friday night.

Newschannel 6 caught up with a man who met McCurrin at a church in Wichita Falls.

"Kyle was real quiet guy. A few of my friends and I tried to be friends with him and get him out of his shell a little bit. We went to a few restaurants after church together. Kyle didn't say a whole lot," Edward Grisham said. "It's always a shock when somebody does something like this and I feel bad for the family of the victim and Kyle's family as well. There's really no winners in this situation.

Authorities said it all started when Pavlas' mother saw the suspect's vehicle on her property while she fed her chickens. She called Pavlas and had him come find out why the vehicle was there.

When Pavlas arrived and approached the vehicle, White said the suspect shot and killed him. The suspect then drove off.

The suspect drove down to Robinson, White said. Officers spotted his car in the parking lot of Pilot Travel Center near Sun Valley Boulevard after receiving a call about 12:45 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle.

"As officers tried to stop the vehicle, the vehicle sped away, failing to yield to the emergency vehicles," White said.

Hewitt officers, McLennan County sheriff's deputies and DPS troopers joined the chase.

The suspect drove from Robinson to Lake Shore Drive in Waco, McNamara said.

As officers and deputies began an attempt to stop the vehicle, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the suspect lost control of his vehicle after shooting himself, went through the grass, and rolled over several times in the parking lot of Parkview Baptist Church on Lake Shore Drive.

The suspect died at the scene. White said the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities found a revolver at the scene.

At one point during the chase, McNamara said the suspect shot at four police officers. No officers were hurt.

The bullets, however, hit three patrol cars. One bullet cracked the windshield of one of the cars, he said. The incident is under investigation.

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