Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death for Suspect in Deputy Involved Shooting

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JASPER COUNTY, Mo.—The autopsy on Ashburn was conducted late this morning.

The preliminary autopsy results suggest Ashburn died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.

Investigation into this incident by the Missouri State Highway Patrol continues.

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Jasper County authorities identify the deputy and the suspect involved in Thursday’s deputy-involved shooting.

Deputy Justin Henry was shot in the calf while responding to a report of a stolen vehicle.

Deputy Justin Henry

Kenneth Ashburn, 28, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, is the suspect who died.

Kenneth T. Ashburn

It is not known if Ashburn was hit by the deputies when they returned fire, or if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Justin Henry was shot in the calf while responding to a report of a stolen vehicle. Kenneth Ashburn, 28, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, is the suspect who died.

It is not known if Ashburn was hit by the deputies when they returned fire, or if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ashburn had a felony warrant out of Cherokee County for aggravated assault.

An autopsy is scheduled for early next week.

Ashburn had a felony warrant out of Cherokee County for aggravated assault.

An autopsy is scheduled for early next week. Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating the incident

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