Hays man will not be tried for killing intruder
Resident shot man when he attacked officers, sheriff's office says
By Jason Embry
Friday, January 9, 2004
SAN MARCOS -- Stanley Hughson will not face prosecution for the fatal
shooting of a North Carolina man who entered his house uninvited and
later fought with authorities.
A grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict Hughson for the Nov. 23
shooting of Claude Lubasa Lufuma, 37, of Raleigh.
Authorities said Lufuma, who was unarmed, entered Hughson's house on Old
Stagecoach Road, about five miles south of Kyle, and refused to leave.
Hughson called 911, and two deputies from the Hays County sheriff's
office went to the house. They tried to arrest Lufuma, but he attacked
them, according to the sheriff's office.
Police in Raleigh told Lufuma's family that he reached for an officer's
gun before he was shot, family members have said.
Hughson shot Lufuma once as he tangled with the deputies. He ran away
from the house and died before paramedics arrived, authorities said.
"I felt not only was my life in danger, but the life of my family,"
Hughson said Thursday.
He said Lufuma also endangered the lives of the deputies, who went to
the hospital with minor injuries after the incident.
He declined to comment further, saying he had not heard from prosecutors
or his lawyer about the grand jury's decision. He said he did not expect
a grand jury to indict him.
The incident bewildered Lufuma's friends and family, who said he
suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. Lufuma had spent the
night before the shooting at an Irving hotel after traveling to Texas
for a party, family members said. They said they did not know why he was
in Hays County. He was supposed to have been flying back to North
Carolina the day of the incident.
A family friend said Thursday that Lufuma's relatives have no comment
about the grand jury's decision.
Lufuma was arrested at a Dallas trucking school in October and charged
with assault, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, according to an
arrest report provided by Dallas police. He'd pinned himself against an
employee's desk at the trucking school and would not allow her to get
up, the report stated.
As the Dallas officers tried to arrest Lufuma, he told them, "It would
take me six seconds to kill both of you right now," according to the
He struggled with the officers, who then sprayed pepper spray and hit
Lufuma in the leg with a nightstick before arresting him, the report