updated 3/26/2009 9:08:40 PM ET 2009-03-27T01:08:40

Federal authorities said a deputy U.S. marshal wanted for allegedly stealing a government shotgun has been found dead in Mexico.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service said Deputy Vincent Bustamante was found dead Wednesday in Juarez.

Bustamante had been a fugitive since March 18 when he failed to show up for a court date in El Paso, Texas. He was placed on modified duty status after a pawnbroker called to report Bustamante had pawned a government shotgun.

A law enforcement official said Bustamante was found with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

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