Sheriff: Arkansas man in confrontation with Missouri deputies died by suicide


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JOPLIN, Mo. – An autopsy has determined that an Arkansas man found dead after an exchange of gunfire with a southwest Missouri sheriff’s deputy died of a self-inflicted wound.

The Joplin Globe reports Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser said in a news release Tuesday that 28-year-old Kenneth Ashburn, 28, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, is believed to have taken his own life on Thursday after the shooting at a property east of Joplin.

Deputy Justin Henry with a shot i n the leg during the confrontation.

Officers were investigating a call about a stolen vehicle on the property when they exchanged gunfire with Ashburn, who was wanted on a warrant from Arkansas. Ashburn was later found dead on the property.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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