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Man Suspected In Sexual Assaults Kills Self After Standoff

3-4-2011 Missouri:

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. -- A man suspected of a pair of armed sex assaults and approaching another woman with a gun shot and killed himself in Lafayette County on Wednesday morning after a short standoff.

At around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, a woman reported that a man had approached her while she was unloading groceries into her car at the Sam's Club in Columbia at 101 Conley Road, police said. The woman said the man pointed a handgun at her and the victim said she yelled at him to get away from her, according to police. The woman said the man smiled at her and then got into his truck and drove away, police said.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday at a Hyvee grocery store in Columbia at 25 Conley Road, a woman ran into the store screaming for help, police said. Police officers said the victim said she had been unloading groceries into her car when she was approached by a man with a handgun. The man forced the woman into the back seat of the vehicle and sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman was able to escape the car and run inside the store for help, police said.

Both women described the truck as large and dark in color.

Around midnight, Boonville police contacted Columbia police about a similar incident that occurred at a local gas station. Boonville police were able to get the license plate of the truck and the information was passed on to law enforcement along the Interstate 70/Missouri Highway 63 corridor.

Around 2 a.m., police said a Lafayette County sheriff's deputy spotted the truck on Interstate 70 and pulled the vehicle over on a traffic stop. After a brief standoff with deputies, the man shot himself in the head, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Columbia police detectives and the Boonville police are currently working to confirm that the man who killed himself is the same suspect in the Columbia and Boonville incidents. ..Source.. by

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