Jasper County sheriff’s deputy shot, man found dead

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A 28-year-old man from Arkansas was found dead after exchanging gunfire with sheriff’s deputies in southwest Missouri.

Jasper County authorities say Kenneth Ashburn, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died Thursday afternoon about a mile east of the Missouri Southern State University campus in Joplin.

The sheriff’s office said it’s unclear if Ashburn died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was killed by deputies. An autopsy is planned for next week.

The Joplin Globe reports Deputy Justin Henry, a seven-year veteran, was discharged from the hospital Thursday night after being shot in the leg.

Henry and three other deputies were investigating a stolen vehicle on the property when they exchanged gunfire with Ashburn, who was later found dead inside a shed.

Sheriff Randee Kaiser said Ashburn had a warrant for aggravated assault in Cherokee County, Kansas.

___
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

Popular

Latest News

More News