Somerville Community Reacts to Deputy's Death

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BURLESON COUNTY- Flags fly at half staff in Somerville in memory of Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Sowders.

"I think we are just in shock," said resident Josephine Reese.

Residents here were shaken after hearing news that Sowders was killed in the line of duty.

"It's kind of like we're in a daze because it is such a tragedy," Reese said. "When I first heard it seemed unbelievable to me."

Reese had known Adam for about twenty years and was one of his teachers in the Somerville school district. She said he died doing what he loved.

"I think it's because he wanted to make a difference," Reese said. "He wanted to see that we were safe and had a good community to live in."

Russell Bentke was one of his teachers at Somerville High School and said Sowders was a giving person.

"He'd give you the shirt off his back," Bentke said.

He said Sowders was always a positive person and selflessly gave back to the community as a volunteer firefighter at the Somerville Fire Department.

"It was an extremely big price for this community to have to pay," said Bentke. "His loss will affect this community for a great while."

After graduating from Somerville High School in 2001, Sowders went on to become a law enforcement officer and graduated from the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy in 2003. He had just celebrated his seventh year with the Burleson County Sheriff's Office the day before he died while serving.

Wrecker driver John Chapman worked closely with Sergeant Sowders for 10 years.

"He was just a happy going fellow, always real nice to friends and everything," Chapman said. "Just a real nice person."

Chapman said he will hold onto his loved ones a little tighter tonight.