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Sheriff’s deputy laid to rest

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The Burleson County Sheriff's deputy killed last week was laid to rest Friday. Sergeant Adam Sowders was shot and killed while serving a warrant.

More than 3,000 people were expected to attend the funeral Friday and countless others paid their respects during a procession through College Station.

Sowders had recently been promoted to sergeant over investigations. Previously, he served with the Somerville Police Department and had been with the fire department there since he was 18.

Police have charged 28-year-old Henry Magee with capital murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Authorities say he fired on Sowders as investigators served a search warrant at his home. Officials did not describe the nature of the warrant. However, out of the eight officers who were there, only Sowders was hit.

His funeral service will be held at the Central Baptist Church at 1:00 PM.

After the service, a funeral procession will escort him through college station to his burial site in Somerville.

Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud says his team and this community lost a dedicated deputy.

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

Magee's attorney Dick Deguerin said the shooting was an accident. He said Magee was asleep and did not know deputies were entering his rural home.

The Adam Sowders Law Enforcement Continuing Education Scholarship Memorial Fund has been established at the Citizens State Bank in Somerville.

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