A domestic dispute turned into a deadly shooting Friday morning at a north Palestine trailer park, when a 32-year-old man attempted to kill his estranged wife and ended up dead himself.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, deputies received a call about a shooting at 11:24 a.m. Friday at a trailer park, located in the 100 block of ACR 362 just off Texas 155 north of Palestine.
“It appears that Octoavio Guerrero Garcia, 32, went to his estranged ex-wife's residence with a (small caliber) gun, forced his way in and fired shots at her, striking her multiple times,” Taylor said. “A physical struggle then occurred between the two, during which the woman was able to take the gun away from Garcia and shoot him multiple times in return.
“The woman (identified as Nicole Lynn Guerrero, 32) then fled her residence in her ex's truck and went to the home of a neighbor, located about 200 yards away and collapsed on the porch,” he added. “She was life-flighted to Tyler for gunshot wounds and was stable at that time.”
As of about 5 p.m. Friday, Taylor reported that Guerrero was stabilized and in surgery.
Garcia was transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Carl Davis, and an autopsy was ordered.
According to the sheriff, the female victim was “conscious and coherent” enough at the scene to give a clear report about what had occurred.
“It appears that he did approach her, shot her and she was able to take the gun,” he said. “An active protective order was in place against Garcia — one that we served on March 24.”
There was another person in the residence at the time of the shooting, the sheriff reported, adding that the woman's school-aged children were not at home at the time, but are being taken care of.
The Palestine Fire Department assisted at the scene, rendering first aid to the female victim.
“We want to thank them for their help,” Taylor said.
ACSO investigators have been working both scenes — investigating and processing evidence, the sheriff reported, and will continue to do so over the next few days.