Lufkin woman in the middle of shooting, standoff speaks

Lufkin woman in the middle of shooting, standoff speaks
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Zane Williams (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Zane Williams (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After a brief standoff, officers with the Lufkin Police Department's Special Response Team arrested a man who allegedly shot a man in an apartment complex parking lot and then left with his girlfriend Thursday morning.

According to a press release, Zane Ross Williams, 39, of Lufkin was charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

However the aggravated kidnapping charge was later dropped after Shelby Sterling, the witness, told officials that she was never kidnapped.

The incident occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, when dispatchers received multiple calls of a shooting victim in the parking of Hidden Oaks II on Tulane Drive. Williams and Amos Clary, his 35-year-old alleged victim, argued in the parking lot before the shooting, according to witnesses.

Sterling found herself in the middle of a brawl between her fiancé and best friend.

"I had the worst night of my life," Sterling said. "He was just coming to pick me up, and they started fighting."

Sterling said she has been in an abusive relationship with Williams for some time now, but never imagined it could get this far.

"My friend was just trying to take up for me because I was in an abusive relationship," Sterling said. "I feel like he got shot because of me."

When the argument between Williams and Clary escalated into gunshots Sterling felt nothing but fear and remorse.

"I just feel like it's all my fault," Sterling said. "I was scared. I thought I was going to go to jail for the rest of my life."

For now, Sterling said she's just praying for Clary to have a safe recovery.

"I dearly apologize, and I don't want no one to hate me because I feel like this is my fault," Sterling said. "I didn't do anything wrong."

According to the press release, Lufkin PD detectives tracked Williams to a trailer home in Trinity County, and he was taken into custody at about 10 a.m. after a brief standoff.

On a related note, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace requested that the Apple Springs ISD lock down its campuses at about 9:30 a.m. TCSO deputies and a constable assisted an "outside agency" and the Texas Rangers in search for Williams just off of FM 2501, according to a press release.

"At no time were there any serious threats to students or anyone else in the area," the press release stated. "Law enforcement officers knew exactly where the suspect was, and the area was surrounded multiple officers and a task force before the suspect knew officers were in the area."

The press release stated that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was also in the area as an added precaution.

"The Apple Springs School District handled the situation professionally and promptly," the press release stated. "All schools are back under normal operation and are no longer locked down."

The woman was unharmed. Clary remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

The incident remains under investigation, the press release stated.

Williams has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years. His arrest record dates back to October of 1993. He has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, public intoxication, escape from custody, and possession of methamphetamine.

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