Grand jury clears Lufkin Police officers of wrongdoing in shooting

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County Grand Jury has cleared two Lufkin Police officers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Lufkin man.

District Attorney Clyde Herrington said the grand jury issued the no-bill Thursday for Ray Hightower and Randy Stallard, saying the panel felt the shooting was justified and necessary.

"It's really pretty clear by the facts that the suspect fired a shot at the victim," Herrington said. "And even before the shot he had been given repeated commands before firing another shot at her. They then fired at him.

"I just regret that the situation occurred," he said. "But if the same situation arose again, I'd tell them to do the same thing."

Herrington said Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas' investigation revealed both officers fired their guns at Maurell McClendon.

Hightower and Stallard returned to work Wednesday, 12 days after being forced to shoot Maurell McClendon, who had already shot his estranged wife, Christine McClendon.

Christine McClendon died the same night, while Maurell McClendon died two days later at a Tyler hospital.

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