07/01/2007

North Texas deputy slain with own gun

Officer Down: Texas deputy shot, killed with own gun

NEW BOSTON, Texas — A Northeast Texas deputy was shot and killed with his own service weapon early today during a scuffle with a suspect.

Authorities say the suspect was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bowie County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Page was responding to a report of a car running into a telephone poll near New Boston when he was shot.

Bowie County Sheriff James Prince says after arriving at the accident scene, the deputy saw a man fleeing and pursued him. A scuffle apparently ensued in the nearby woods and Page was hit on the head and shot in the upper shoulder.

Shortly after, authorities searched the area for Henry Leon Wakefield III, 36. The manhunt ended hours later when a bloodhound tracked Wakefield to a wooded area near the accident site. He had what investigators believe is a single self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The 34-year-old Page was married and had children. He had been with the sheriff's department for about 3 years and had previously worked as a Texarkana, Texas police officer.

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