Investigation Continues Into How Burleson Co. Deputy Was Shot And Killed On Duty

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CALDWELL, Texas There's grief in Burleson County Thursday night after a 31-year-old Sheriff's Officer was shot and killed while serving a search warrant.

But not much information is being released on how he was shot.

News 3 was in Caldwell all afternoon and spoke with the Burleson County Sheriff and friends about the community's loss.

31-year-old Adam Sowders was recently promoted to a Deputy Sergeant Investigator after joining the Burleson County Sheriff's Office in 2006.

The hearse carrying the body of Burleson County Sheriff Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders left the scene of the shooting with a full law enforcement procession.

His comrades were saluting as the vehicle drove by.

Sowders was killed when he and seven other deputies were trying to serve a search warrant.

Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud spoke to News 3 Thursday afternoon about the event leading up to Sowders' death.

"While sheriff's deputies were conducting a search warrant at a residence in the southern end of the county, the team of officers upon entry took gunfire," said Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud.

Stroud says the shooting happened around 5:50 Thursday morning at a mobile home on County Road 278 near Snook.

But the sheriff would not say who shot Sowders.

"There's not a lot of detail I can give you at this this time. The Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this event and as more details are available then we can release them, they'll be released," he said.

Somerville Resident Bud Brown has known Sowders since 2006.

"He'd volunteer for anything and help out. I feel for the family. I've never met his mother, but I am going to go by and give my condolences as soon as we find out something about a funeral or some kind of fund. I basically came here because I wanted information," said Brown.

There's not a lot of information yet, but there is a lot of support.
Area law enforcement agencies have been offering manpower if Burleson County needs it.

And a community is coming together to support each other.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with our community and like I said mainly our sheriff. And we'll get some answers because that's what we need is some answers to find out what's going on," Brown said.

A man in his late 20's is in custody as a result of the incident but the district attorney's office is still investigating what type of charges they might face.