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Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Clifton Park


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – State Police in Clifton Park are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun at 7 Cardinal Court in Clifton Park.

Upon arriving at the scene, troopers encountered homeowner 43-year-old Douglas Stewart III in the yard armed with a loaded .30 caliber rifle.

According to State Police Capt. Steven James, troopers attempted to talk to Stewart to drop the weapon.  When Stewart did not comply a trooper fired his patrol rifle hitting Stewart in the abdomen.

Stewart was taken to Albany Medical Center to undergo surgery for a gunshot wound and is expected to make a full recovery. No one else was hurt.

As investigators continue to search for what may have started the incident, Tonya Stewart, the wife who made the initial call to 911, was at the hospital today visiting her husband.

She says she's not ready to go on camera yet, but that she never expected any of this when she first made the call to police.

Stewart said her husband was having a bad day and she wanted to make sure he came back home safe -- back to her and the couple's son.

She says she respects law enforcement and knows they have a very tough job, and they often have to make decisions quickly, but she believes more could have been said to diffuse the situation.

Police said that Stewart will likely face charges, but that will be determined by the District Attorney's office.

NEWS10 reached out to State Police about some of Stewarts concerns, but they did not reply by airtime.

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