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Livingston County, Mo., deputy kills man who attacked him

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Posted at 11:19 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:19:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Livingston County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed a man after he attacked the deputy inside his patrol car Friday night near Chillicothe.

The deputy, who also was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible injuries, encountered the man after being sent to investigate a one-vehicle crash shortly after 6:20 p.m. on U.S. 36, just east of Chillicothe, according to a information from the sheriff's office.

The deputy spotted tracks in the snow and saw a man walking toward him. The man said things that made the deputy concerned he may suffer from a mental health problem, the sheriff's office said in a release.

The deputy talked to the man, who handed the deputy what appeared to be drug-related and personal items.

The deputy became comfortable enough to allow the man to sit in the passenger seat of the patrol car for a conversation.

That's when the sheriff's office said the deputy, whose name was not provided, was suddenly attacked. The man attempted to grab the deputy's radio.

As the attack continued, the deputy pulled his gun and fired at least one shot. The man died at the scene, according to information from the sheriff's office.

Updates in the case will come from the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop H in St. Joseph.

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