Missouri man flees police, shoots self

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | 8:20 a.m. CDT; updated 10:33 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LINN — The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 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, Mo., died about 1½ hours later Tuesday at a Columbia hospital.

Troop F spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch said 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 said the man then got up and shot himself.

Deeken is the second cousin of state House member Bill Deeken, a Republican from Jefferson City.

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Greg Collins May 6, 2009 | 10:44 a.m.

Why does it matter who this guy is related to? How does that add anything to the story?

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