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Texas deputy shot at gas station expected to recover

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Posted at 7:12 AM, Mar 14, 2022

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — A Texas deputy is expected to recover after being shot Sunday night and a manhunt is now underway for the gunman, authorities said.

Bastrop County Deputy Sawyer Wilson was wearing a protective vest when he was shot two times in the chest on Sunday night at a gas station in Bastrop, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Austin, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said.

The sheriff told Austin TV station KXAN that Wilson was also shot in the forearm, shattering it, but that the deputy is expected to recover.

“The vest did what it was supposed to do,” Cook said.

Police identified the suspect as Michael Stark, 33, and a manhunt was underway Monday morning. Cook said officers were familiar with Stark because of previous arrests.