Man suspected of killing 2 people dies in shootout

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities say a man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third near Columbia has been killed in a shootout with deputies.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( ) reports that officers responded late Saturday to reports of gunfire and found two people dead. A third person was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds.

Det. Tom O’Sullivan said at a news conference that a pursuit began when deputies tried to stop a vehicle seen fleeing from the scene. He said that after the fleeing vehicle ran off the road in snowy conditions, the driver got out of with a handgun. O’Sullivan said shots were exchanged, and the suspect was fatally wounded.

No names were released. O’Sullivan didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.