Posted at: 08/07/2013 11:41 PM
By: Dan Levy
CLIFTON PARK - Tonya Stewart was reliving a nightmare on Wednesday night. Barely 24 hours after state police shot her husband in front of their Clifton Park home, Tonya was openly expressing regret at how things transpired the previous night.
Among the many concerns Tonya had with the incident, she believes the trooper who shot her husband pulled the trigger too soon.
After state police referred to it as a domestic incident, Tonya Stewart quickly pointed out there was no marital discord between her and her husband, Doug.
But semantics aside, Tonya acknowledges she was the one who dialed 911 Tuesday afternoon when she realized her husband needed help. When troopers arrived at her house on Cardinal Court in Clifton Park, her husband was holding a .30 caliber rifle.
The police version of what happened was: troopers tried to convince Doug Stewart to drop his weapon, and when he didn't, they shot him in the stomach.
Tonya said Wednesday evening: "I don't regret making the call, I regret the outcome. I certainly don't regret asking for help for my husband. I regret that state police handled it the way they did. I know my husband, and I know he wouldn't have fired at police, but they don't know that."
Tonya also feels police were too quick on the trigger and should have given her husband more time.
"I am comfortable to say that they did not talk to him," she says, "They ran toward him and screamed to drop the weapon, twice, and then I heard two gun shots. My husband is a wonderful man. He's no different from anyone else. He just had a bad day and made a bad decision."
"Maybe there should be a policy in place so they can send out a professional, a psychologist, in cases like this," she continued. "There's a reason for everything and I know God has a plan. Maybe the plan is for police to change their policy."
Forty-three year old Douglas Stewart remained at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday night, in serious condition, although he is expected to make a full recovery.
No charges have been filed against him, although state police say they have not ruled it out.