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Fugitive and Accused Murderer Peter Alexander Bohning of Kent, Ct, Dies in Texas After Being Shot in Altercation with Law Enforcement

Accused killer and fugitive Peter Alexander Bohning has died in Gaines County, Texas after being shot during an altercation with a deputy sheriff during the 7 a.m. hour today.

The deputy was stabbed during the altercation and was flown to a hospital in El Paso. His injuries are reportedly not life threatening. Bohning was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Texas authorities report that the altercation occurred as the deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle call. That vehicle was the gray 2010 Toyota Camry stolen from the Cherokee Road home of Donald & Leigh Ann Zirkle after the couple was attacked and stabbed on their back porch Friday afternoon. Donald Zirkle died of his injuries Friday. Leigh Ann Zirkle is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

West Precinct detectives swore out murder and attempted murder warrants against Bohning, 34, of Kent, Connecticut, early Saturday. His Subaru sedan was found parked in the street at the side of the Zirkle residence with its rear doors open. Detectives learned Friday night that his family in Connecticut had not heard from him in several days.

The investigation shows that the Zirkles were sitting on their back porch when Bohning approached and asked for directions before attacking them. It is not known why he chose them. Detectives have found no connection between Peter Bohning and the victims.

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