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9/11/2007-Henderson Co.

Manhunt Leaves One Dead, Two Deputies Injured

A domestic call sparks a manhunt that lasted hours. Now, 2 East Texas Sheriff's Deputies are recovering from injuries, and the man that allegedly started it all is dead.

It all happened about four miles west of Athens around 3 Tuesday afternoon when Henderson County Deputies were called to a domestic dispute on Highway 31 near FM 753.  A deputy's patrol car was stolen and an hour later found on County Road 1500.

21-year-old Justin Boswell who had taken the patrol car is now dead after leading Authorities on a multi hour hunt into the woods.

It began around 2:30 when Henderson County Sheriff deputies were called to a home. Inside, they found Justin Boswell, who had allegedly assaulted his mother.

"Officers went in the house tried to bring him out of the house to make the arrest" said Lieutenant Pat McWilliams,"He fought them. They got him subdued and handcuffed. His younger brother then showed up. The brother then started trouble with them and had to struggle with him."

Aaron, Justin's brother was arrested and is expected to be charged with assaulting a peace officer.

"Deputy Brian Meyers has a probable broken hand, and Deputy Debbs Hillhouse has a busted lip," said McWilliams.

During this scuffle, Justin, handcuffed and shackled in the back of the patrol car, somehow got into the driver's seat and took off.

"The subject stole the vehicle and came toward Athens," said McWilliams.

Authorities set up a perimeter, bringing in tracking dogs and DPS helicopter.

"They located the car. The only gun missing from vehicle is a shot gun," said McWilliams "that is where the tracking dogs were put out and that is where the search began on the ground for him."

After an hour of searching, the dogs found Justin, when authorities tried to confront him, that's when they say Justin turned the shotgun on himself.

"I'm told he placed the shotgun under his chin and pulled the trigger," said McWilliams, "the Sheriff has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate."

An autopsy has been ordered for Boswell's body.

Danielle Capper, Reporting


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