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Missouri deputy fatally shoots suspect after pursuit

NEVADA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a western Missouri deputy has shot and killed a driver after a pursuit ended with a physical altercation.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/2sydaKc ) reports that 33-year-old Brandon Lukenbill, of Nevada, was killed early Wednesday east of Nevada. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the chase started after a 911 call about a stolen vehicle. Mosher has asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate.

Patrol Sgt. Shawn Griggs declined to discuss details of the struggle between the deputy and Lukenbill, including if the suspect was armed, because the investigation is ongoing. Griggs says an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Lukenbill had been in and out of prison in recent years on an array of convictions for burglaries, theft, drug possession and assault of a law enforcement officer.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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