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Montague County Deputy Shot and Killed

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A Montague County Sheriff's deputy was shot and killed overnight in his home. At a news conference Monday morning, The Montague County Sheriff's Office said a Nocona police officer responded to a disturbance call around midnight at the home of 41-year-old Larry Hostetter, a Montague County Sheriff's Deputy, on 200 block of Jordan Drive in Nocona. 

During the incident, Hostetter was shot and killed. Hostetter was off-duty at the time of the shooting. He was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m. Monday morning at Nocona General Hospital. 

Officials haven't said who pulled the trigger, but the Nocona police officer who responded to Hostetter's home is on administrative leave at this time. And was not injured during the incident.

Hostetter has held a career in law enforcement since for 15 years. He had been a deputy since January 2013 and was a married father of three children. 

Neighbors said they were shocked by the news and couldn't believe something like that could happen in their tight-knit town. One neighbor, who says she's known Hostetter for 14 years, said he was a good man, and a wonderful father. She said this is a very tragic situation for everyone in the community, especially those that know and love the Hostetter's family.

"Larry was a good person," said Montague County Sheriff, Paul Cunningham. "He enjoyed the job, loved the job, the job was everything to him."

The Nocona Police Chief said this is the first officer-involved shooting in Nocona, since he came to the department 15 years ago. The Texas Rangers are now handling the case.

"It's never any fun to go through any kind of incident, at all, like this," said Kent Holcomb, Nocona Chief of Police. "But we do have a strong community here in Nocona. Lots and lots of support."

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6

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