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Austin-area police find, arrest man accused of shooting Bastrop County sheriff's deputy

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office has found Michael Stark, who is accused of shooting a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy Sunday night. (Bastrop County Sheriff's Office)

Police have arrested a man who was accused of shooting a Bastrop County sheriff's deputy at a gas station Sunday night.

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office reported that it had taken the suspect, who was identified as a 33-year-old man named Michael Stark, into custody just after noon Monday.

Stark was arrested after allegedly shooting Deputy Sawyer Wilson three times—twice in the chest and once in the forearm—at a gas station on State Highway 95 Sunday night.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said Wilson remains in the hospital but is in stable condition thanks to his protective vest, although his forearm was shattered in the altercation.

Police said two units responded to the LBA Market station at around 10:30 p.m. on the grounds of a criminal mischief disturbance involving a dark-colored pickup with a mattress in the truck bed.

Wilson pulled behind a pickup matching the description and talked to Stark, who is wanted on a Bastrop County parole violation for a burglary conviction. That's when Stark fired three times at Wilson, according to the sheriff's office. Wilson returned fire, but it is unclear whether Stark was injured.

Stark, who Cook says has been arrested more than 25 times, was found after an active search involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Department.


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