Missouri Murder Suspect Tracked to Centerville, Turns Gun on Himself


The pursuit of a Missouri murder suspect came to a deadly conclusion in Centerville early Tuesday morning, according to the Appanoose Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Gary Anderson says his office was notified by the Kansas City Career Criminal Task Force that a Missouri man wanted in a recent homicide in Kansas City was tracked to Centerville.

At approximately 2:30 AM, authorities from the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Missouri Highway Patrol, and the Kansas City Career Criminal Task Force attempted to make contact with the suspect who was in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

Anderson says the suspect refused to exit the vehicle and while giving orders to the suspect, a single shot was heard from inside the vehicle.

Law enforcement entered the vehicle and discovered the suspect suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials attempted to execute life-saving procedures and transported him to a local hospital. The suspect was later pronounced dead.

The suspect’s name is not being released pending family notification. The body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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