Missouri man flees police, shoots himself

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 7:17 p.m. CDT

LINN — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a central Missouri man who allegedly made threats to an Osage County Courthouse official led authorities on a high-speed chase before shooting himself Tuesday.

A dispatcher said that 39-year-old Thomas P. Deeken of Koeltztown died about 1 ½ hours later at a Columbia hospital.

Troop F spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch says law enforcement agencies were put on high alert Tuesday after the threats.

An Osage County sheriff's deputy spotted the suspect on U.S. 63 in Westphalia riding a motorcycle and armed with at least three firearms.

The suspect reportedly shot at the deputy, knocking out the back window of patrol car.

The man was later struck from behind by a Highway Patrol vehicle. He was ejected from the motorcycle in Cole County. Reinsch says the man then got up and shot himself.


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