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Sheriff: Man fatally shoots himself after firing at officers

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

IRONTON -- A domestic dispute Sunday afternoon in Ironton resulted in a man fatally shooting himself after firing at law enforcement officers.

No one else was injured in the incident, which began just before 3 p.m. in the 2700 block of County Road 181, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless in a prepared release. A caller told a Lawrence County 911 dispatcher that a man, whose name was not released, was firing shots at a residence on County Road 181 from his champagne-colored Ford Ranger.

Officers from the Sheriff's Office, Ohio Highway Patrol and Ironton, South Point and Coal Grove police departments responded to the call and found the suspect driving on County Road 181. The man refused to stop his truck until reaching the driveway of the residence in question.

The man exited the truck and fired two shots toward the residence with a handgun, Lawless said. He then grabbed a high-powered rifle, turned toward the Coal Grove police cruiser and fired three rounds. One of the rounds struck the hood of the cruiser before the officer could flee from the vehicle, Lawless said. Law enforcement officers did not fire back at the suspect, he said.

The man got back in his truck and was unresponsive to officers' attempts to establish communication with him, Lawless said. A short time later, officers heard two gunshots from the truck and saw the man slumped over. The Lawrence County Coroner's Office pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The prepared release did not describe the relationship between the man and the resident of the home that was targeted. The incident remains under investigation.

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