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Sergeant Investigator Fredrich Adam Sowders | Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Investigator

Fredrich Adam Sowders

Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 904

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/19/2013

Weapon: Rifle; .308 caliber

Suspect: Capital murder charges dropped

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Sergeant Investigator Adam Sowders was shot and killed as he and seven other officers attempted to serve a no-knock warrant at rural home on County Road 278, near Snook, at approximately 5:30 am.

As the team made entry into the home they were met with gunfire from a .308 caliber rifle and Sergeant Sowders suffered fatal gunshot wounds. The subject who shot him was initially charged with capital murder, but a Grand Jury returned a no bill on the charges based on the suspect's self defense claims. The grand jury indicted the man on felony possession of marijuana while in possession of a deadly weapon.

Sergeant Sowders had served with the Burleson County Sheriff's Office for seven years and had previously served with the Somerville Police Department.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Adam was killed.

To Adam's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sgt. Sowders gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 19, 2013.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 2, 2014


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