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7/6/06-Palestine

Palestine Preacher Shot In Head

There are still a number of unanswered questions about an East Texas minister, shot in his apartment.  It happened early Tuesday morning at an apartment on Sugar Lane in Palestine. 

Police responded after Bishop Dwight L. Callier's wife called and told them her husband was hurt, possibly by an intruder. Callier has been the minister at Mount Calvary Baptist Church for more than a decade.

Police found the pastor shot in the head, bleeding on the floor of his apartment. They found no signs of forced entry into the apartment, and they didn't find a weapon either.

Detective Larry Mars with the Palestine Police Department  says they are still in the process of interviewing Bishop Calliers wife.

"With only two persons involved, certainly, she is a person of interest, but is she an interest as a suspect or a witness? We don't know. So, we're treating her as a witness," Mars said.

Yesterday, Callier's father-in-law, James Johnson,  told us his daughter called he and his wife hysterical Tuesday night after the incident. He says his family is very close to Bishop Callier and that the Mount Calvary Baptist Church won't be the same until he returns.

"The thing I would say about him is that he cares for people, loves to be around them in fellowship, and we miss him tremendously," said Johnson.

We're told by family Bishop Callier did have to have surgery because of his injuries. At last check, he was listed in serious condition at a local hospital.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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