Funeral held for Washington County deputy killed in line of duty

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 2:00 PM

POTOSI, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A funeral was held Wednesday morning for a Washington County deputy shot to death while responding to a 911 call on Saturday.

Deputy Christopher Parsons, 31, was laid to rest after his funeral at the Potosi First Baptist Church in the 10400 block of Highway P in Potosi.

Law enforcement officials from all over the community attended the funeral to pay their respects for Parsons.

Missouri Highway Patrol officials Parsons 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 a female patient into an ambulance, they were reportedly ambushed by the patient’s son, Gary Sancegrow, who fired a single shot.

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

After about a 15-hour manhunt, Sancegrow was captured and taken into custody.

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

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

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