Suspect charged in shooting death of Washington County deputy


by staff

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 10:06 AM

Nuggett Road Washington, MO

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Mo. ( -- Authorities have filed charges against a man accused of shooting and killing a Washington County sheriff's deputy.

Gary Sancegrow, 30, was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m Saturday, following a nearly 15-hour manhunt. Officials say he was found in the back of a vehicle less than a quarter of a mile from the search staging area.

Sancegrow has since been charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and a probation violation.

Missouri Highway Patrol officials say a deputy was responding to a call for an unconscious person at a mobile home residence off Nuggett Road at 2:10 a.m. Saturday.

While EMS personnel were loading the female patient into an ambulance, they were reportedly ambushed by the patient's son, who fired a single shot.

Deputy Christopher Parsons, 31, was shot in the back and killed. Officials say they believe the shot was fired at close range using some sort of long gun.

Parsons, who graduated in October, had been a member of the Washington County Sheriff's Department for less than two months.

About 100 officials from multiple departments, as well as federal agents, searched for Sancegrow throughout the day on Saturday. At the time, authorities said he was believed to be armed and dangerous.

Trooper Juston Wheetley said cooperation between law enforcement officers and local residents helped bring Sancegrow into custody without further bloodshed.

"It's a good ending, but a sad tragedy that happened," Trooper Wheetley said.