Perry cousin killed by deputies

October 1, 2009 12:36:31 PM PDT
The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting death of a cousin of Gov. Rick Perry in a mysterious exchange of gunfire with sheriff's deputies. An attorney for Larry Don Wheeler's estate says the 74-year-old north Texas man was sitting on his backyard deck after dinner Saturday night at his home at a Montague County country club. David Gossom says that's when sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call.

Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey says Wheeler was holding a shotgun and an officer was shot in the hand. No other details have been released, and an autopsy is pending.

Perry's office wouldn't elaborate on his relationship with Wheeler, a retired social worker listed as a member of Perry's 2006 re-election campaign steering committee.

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