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Funeral services set for Ouachita deputy

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Posted: Mar 9, 2010 5:42 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: funeral, services, deputy, Ouachita Parish, Cpl. J.R. Searcy

Funeral services will be held Thursday for a Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputy who died after being shot by a suspect he was trying to arrest.

Services for Cpl. J.R. Searcy, an eight-year veteran, will be at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in West Monroe.

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Searcy died Saturday, two days after he was shot while on an aggravated assault call.

Authorities say Michael Tanner was suspected of trying to run over people with a vehicle when Searcy accompanied another deputy to the scene.

Searcy, with a stun gun in his hand, ordered Tanner to put his hands behind his head.

Tanner allegedly pulled a handgun and fired.

The bullet went in through the armhole of Searcy's bulletproof vest, and ricocheted through the top of his spinal cord.

Tanner was shot and killed by the other deputy.

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