Onalaska PD: Man shot house mate in chest with .22 rifle

Stuart Sellers (Source: Polk County Jail)
Stuart Sellers (Source: Polk County Jail)

Officers with the Onalaska Police Department arrested a 42-year-old man for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot his house mate in the chest on Dec. 27.

Stuart Shane Sellers, of Onalaska, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bail has been set at $100,000.

According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday morning, a sergeant with the Onalaska PD was dispatched to 275 Onalaska East in reference to a gunshot victim. When he arrived on the scene, he found the victim, Tyler Castle, unconscious in the home's hallway. Castle had a gunshot wound to the chest.

A witness told the police officer that Sellers had shot Tyler and left the scene. After the Onalaska PD officer called EMS, he told everyone in the house to get outside and have their identification ready.

A man approached the officer and handed him his identification.

When the officer asked the man, who was later identified as Sellers, if he had been inside the residence when the shooting occurred, Sellers allegedly said, "Yeah. I'm the one who shot him."

The witness confirmed that Sellers was the person who shot Castle. She also said that Castle lived at the residence with her and is her baby's father and that Sellers lived at the residence as well.

According to the affidavit, Sellers allegedly admitted to shooting Castle with a .22-caliber Winchester rifle during a taped interview at the Onalaska Police Department.

"Mr. Sellers had the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person during the interview," the affidavit stated. "He stated that he had consumed alcoholic beverages and consented to give a blood specimen."

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