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Murder Charge Filed in Deputy’s Death

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Gary Sancegrow in December 2012 booking photo

Gary Sancegrow in December 2012 booking photo

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MINERAL POINT, Mo. (AP) - A 30-year-old eastern Missouri man suspected of killing a Washington County deputy has been charged with first-degree murder, the Washington County sheriff said Sunday.

Gary Sancegrow of Mineral Point has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Christopher Parsons, 31, Sheriff Andy Skiles said. He said Sancegrow, whose name has also been spelled Sancegraw, was being held Sunday without bond at an undisclosed location.

Parsons, who had been a deputy since October, was shot and killed when he was responding to an emergency call about an unconscious person early Saturday in Mineral Point, a community of about 350 residents about 80 miles south of St. Louis.

Parsons was shot as crews loaded the unconscious person into the back of an ambulance, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Juston Wheetley said Saturday.

Wheetley said investigators were unaware of a motive for the shooting and that Parsons and Sancegrow did not know each other.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, conducted a daylong search Saturday for Sancegrow, who authorities said fled the scene on foot. Sancegrow was apprehended without incident at a law enforcement checkpoint at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

It was not clear Sunday if Sancegrow had an attorney yet.

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