Visitation Thursday for Burleson County Deputy Killed in Raid

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COLLEGE STATION A community's chance to honor and remember a Burleson County deputy killed during a raid last week will begin Thursday.

Visitation for Sgt. Investigator Adam Sowders will be held at Central Baptist Church in College Station from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Then, on Friday, a funeral will be held at the same church starting at 1:00 p.m. Sowders will then be buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery in his home town of Somerville.

On Thursday, December 19, according to the Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Sowders was part of an eight-person team raiding a home on County Road 278 south of Snook on a search warrant. Sowders was shot and killed, allegedly by Henry Magee, who was in the home.

Magee's attorney claims his client thought it was a home invasion, not a law enforcement operation, and fired not knowing it was deputies who were entering. Lawyer Dick DeGuerin says Magee shot to protect himself and his girlfriend, who is pregnant.

Sowders was 31 years old, and had just begun his eighth year with the Burleson County Sheriff's Office. Previously, he had served with the Somerville Police Department. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Somerville, where he had grown up and graduated high school.

Central Baptist Church in College Station is located at 1991 FM 158.