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4/23/07-Marshall

Officer-Involved Shooting Over The Weekend

An off-duty officer shoots a man during an altercation over the weekend and now the Texas Rangers are investigating. Police say it happened around 10:20 Saturday night at the Belaire Manor Apartments in Marshall.

Spray-painted "X's" mark where Shari Stephens', 20, car stopped after he allegedly tried to run over a Marshall Police officer and was shot because of it. Police Chief Jim Wilkins says two of his officers were working off-duty security at the apartment complex Saturday night.

"They made an attempt to stop the vehicle and the driver attempted to run over the officer, that's when the officer discharged his weapon," says Wilkins.

The officer, Clint Gutierrez, shot through the car's windshield, shooting Stephens in the head. He was transported to a Longview hospital where he is reportedly suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

It's an incident that has the apartment complex divided. Terian Anderson says he's Stephens' cousin and thinks the police acted too aggressively. 

"It was crazy, I didn't think it was right, I didn't accept the fact that it was right," he says.

"They say the security guards are here for our safety, what are they doing to protect us, nothing, because cars still come in and out and if they saying this is a high crime area, it still goes on," says Karen Lester, another resident.

Other residents and the apartment manager say the off-duty officers began patrolling the area in February and it has helped with the complex's crime-rate. The manager says Saturday night's shooting was an isolated incident and the driver was not a resident of the complex.

Now, the District Attorney's Office and the Texas Rangers will determine if any action will be taken against the officer involved. The apartment's manager says despite the incident, off duty officers will continue patrolling, now more than ever, through the apartment complex.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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