JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office releases the name of a Webb City man who took his own life after a weekend pursuit and shooting.
Authorities say the suspect was 27-year-old Jay Hicks.
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The incident started around 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. A Carterville Police Department officer tried to stop a stolen red Hummer. The vehicle didn’t stop and a pursuit started. After a short time, the vehicle crashed. Authorities say the suspect got out and ran up to a home, accosted a resident and took his car keys.
The suspect then stole that vehicle and fled heading west on 171.
Jasper County deputies became involved in the pursuit as the suspect “drove the wrong way around the roundabout at Stone’s Corner, causing a number of collisions,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities continued pursuing the suspect back east until the vehicle crashed near the intersection of Prairie Flower and 171. The suspect got out and ran. He tried hiding under a tractor trailer on the parking lot of a business at this intersection.
The Sheriff’s Office states the “suspect then fired a shot at officers as they began to surround him. He then fired a second shot resulting in a fatal self-inflicted injury.”
The suspect, Jay Hicks, died at the scene.
Officers with numerous agencies assisted with this incident. The Missouri Highway Patrol was called to assist with the investigation. No officers or deputies were injured.