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Officials: Man shot after fleeing deputies

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A Denton County sheriff’s deputy shot a man Wednesday afternoon in a mobile home park off Grissom Road after the man allegedly escaped from a court hearing that morning, sheriff’s officials said.

Alberto Guadalupe Contreras, 19, was taken to an area hospital after being shot in the arm, officials said.

He was reported to be in stable condition at a Denton hospital, said Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

She said the injury was not life-threatening.

Brackeen said Contreras was taken into custody during a court hearing Wednesday morning on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, assault, criminal mischief and having an open alcohol container.

Sheriff’s officials said he left the courthouse and fled by foot shortly after lunchtime while a bailiff was attending to another prisoner in a holding cell.

After he wasn’t found inside the courthouse, authorities issued a warrant for him on escape charges.

At about 2:45 p.m., deputies found Contreras at the Denton Falls mobile home park in the 6600 block of Grissom Road and attempted to arrest him. Contreras resisted and shots were fired, Brackeen said.

Contreras’ wife, Brianda, said she was at school when her husband was to appear in court today.

“I am a student at TWU and last I heard from him, between classes, he seemed very calm,” she said.

Brianda Contreras said the mobile home in which her husband was found belongs to her uncle.

“[My uncle] did not have any guns, and my husband didn’t have one either,” she said.

Brackeen would not say whether Alberto Contreras did or did not have a gun.

Brianda Contreras said they have a 4-year-old daughter who was currently staying at a grandmother’s home.

“She is safe and wasn’t injured,” the wife said.

Because a deputy was involved, the Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation, Brackeen said.

The deputy, whose name has not yet been released, has since been placed on routine administrative leave and did not suffer any injuries.

Once Alberto Contreras is discharged from the hospital, he could face additional charges before being booked into the Denton County Jail, sheriff’s officials said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.