Police officers allegedly involved in shooting return to work

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The two Lufkin Police officers involved in the shooting death of a Lufkin man have returned to work, a week and a half after the incident occurred.

Det. J.B. Smith said a grand jury will review the case on Thursday to determine if the officers committed any crimes, which is pretty routine in officer-related shootings.

Officers Ray Hightower and Randy Stallard responded to a shooting on Aug. 13 on the 200 block of Garvan Street. According to a previous report, Maurell McClendon, 84, shot his estranged wife, Christine McClendon, 78.

The preliminary investigation indicates that when officers arrived they found a man, later identified as Maurell McClendon, on the front porch armed with a shotgun. Witnesses told investigators that the officers commanded him to "drop the gun," but instead the alleged shooter moved toward his wife who was already down.  There are conflicting reports that McClendon fired a shot at his ex-wife before officers shot him.

Maurell McClendon died two days later in a Tyler hospital.

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