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7/2/07-Longview

Deputy Killed In Bowie County

      An East Texas deputy was shot and killed with his own gun. Deputy Michael Page had been with the Bowie county sheriffs office for 3 years. Early Saturday morning, Page answered a call just north of the town of New Boston, roughly 25 minutes west of Texarkana. New Boston residents are still shaken.

    "He was a good guy everybody says he was a good guy and I think its really hit the community hard" said New Boston Resident Toni Moore.

     34 year old deputy Michael Page was answering an accident call and began pursuing a suspect believed to be in a stolen car. That man, 36 year old Henry Leon Wakefield, ended up crashing into a telephone poll.

    "He kind of panicked and tried to start the car, and when he couldn't he got out he took off running." said witness Ronald Baker.

      Page caught Wakefield on Daniels Chapel road, and the two struggled. Investigators say Wakefield somehow wrestled Pages firearm from him.  He shot him once in the chest , then disappeared in the woods.

    "They were able to make a trail, from where we know a scuffle had taken place on, into the woods where they found Mr. Wakefield" said Bowie Ccounty Sheriff James Price.

      Wakefield was dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. Page later died at a Texarkana hospital.

    "It's devastating to the community.  Everyone can't help but be affected by it" said New Boston resident Melinda Mannette.

   "This hurts. It hurts real bad, it's a bad thing to have this happen. I feel like I've lost one of my own children" says Price.

   Deputy Page leaves behind a wife and two small children. Funeral services for Page will be Tuesday morning at 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ttexarkana.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com

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