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Man accused of murder in Texas deputy's death

  • Associated Press
  • December 20, 2013 - 11:05 AM

CALDWELL, Texas — Authorities in Central Texas accused a 28-year-old man Friday of gunning down a sheriff's deputy who was part of a team executing a search warrant.

The Burleson County Sheriff's Office said Henry Goedrich Magee was arrested on suspicion of capital murder of a peace officer in the death of Sgt. Adam Sowders. He was being held on $1 million bond, pending an indictment.

Authorities say Magee shot Sowders at a rural home east of Somerville, about 90 miles northwest of Houston. Gunfire rang out shortly after the deputies entered the home just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

The 31-year-old Sowders had been a sheriff's deputy for seven years and recently was promoted to sergeant investigator. He was a native of Somerville, a town of 1,300.

"Adam was well-respected, extremely well-liked and he's going to leave a big hole in what we do here," Sheriff Dale Stroud said Thursday.

A person who answered the phone at Magee's residence Friday declined to comment or say if Magee had an attorney.

According to state records, Magee has been arrested twice for driving while intoxicated and twice for possession of marijuana. Authorities have not said if the warrant was being served at Magee's home.

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