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Man Sought in Deputy Murder Dead

May 3, 2002

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SHIVE, Texas (AP) _ A man sought for killing a sheriff’s deputy trying to conduct a home search in an auto theft investigation was found dead Friday, apparently by suicide.

The body of Marshall Tilman Tallent was found a day after he killed the Limestone County deputy, then got into a shootout with other officers and fled to nearby woods, said Tela Mange, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was among a group of officers who had gone to the house, 55 miles west of Waco, to serve a search warrant Thursday. Two officers were wounded in the gunfight, including one in serious condition Friday with a gunshot to the head.

A woman at the house was signing a consent-to-search document when Tallent, 34, opened fire on the group, killing the deputy, Mange said.

Arrest records show that Tallent had several misdemeanor convictions for theft by check. Neighbors said Tallent was a hard worker who was trying to turn his life around.

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