Memorial Service Friday for Fallen Burleson Co. Sheriff's Deputy

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A memorial service for Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Sowders who was killed during a raid last week begins Friday afternoon.

The memorial Service will be held at Central Baptist Church in College Station at 1 p.m.

After the service, a procession will lead from the church to the burial site at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Somerville - and more than a hundred emergency service vehicles are expected to participate. Police say it will lead from Central Baptist to University Drive, wind through College Station and end In Somerville.

They say traffic could be delayed along University for two hours or more - so be aware of any alternate routes you may want to plan.

If you wish to view the service to pay respect to Sergeant Sowders and you cannot make it in person, we will be streaming the entire funeral at our web channel, We'll also have complete news coverage Friday on News 3.

Visitation for Sgt. Investigator Adam Sowders was held on Thursday night at Central Baptist Church in College Station.

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.

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