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Accused deputy killer Tucker Strickland moved for protection

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BOWIE CO., TX (KSLA) -

The inmate accused of gunning down a Bowie County Sheriff's Deputy has been moved to a different jail, officials say, for his own protection.

21-year-old Tucker Strickland was transferred to Parker County Jail Wednesday night. That's about 220 miles west of Bowie County, near Fort Worth.

Strickland was being transported to the Bowie County courthouse by 54-year-old deputy Sherri Jones for a court hearing on Monday. Once at the courthouse, Strickland allegedly overpowered Jones, took her gun and shot her.

He reportedly fled from the courthouse in the county transport van, but was caught about a half-hour later by police in Ashdown, AR.

The Bowie County Sheriff's Office says Strickland was not only moved Wednesday for his own safety, but to protect the agency, as well. They say the Parker County Jail is newer and can better handle Strickland's mental illness.

Moving Strickland also protects the Bowie County Sheriff's Office from any accusations of foul play. Chief Deputy Larry Parker tells KSLA News 12 that the use of force is likely to be used with inmates deemed dangerous, like Strickland. In the event force had to be used on Strickland, any accusations of it being excessive could endanger the case against him.

Family members have already expressed concern about his treatment and welfare while in custody.

The Bowie County Sheriff's Office says all of Strickland's medications have been sent to Parker County with him.

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