Texas County, Mo - One man is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police chase near Cabool, Missouri.
On Monday at approximately 4:09 p.m., Troop G troopers were notified by an off-duty Cabool police officer that a person being sought for an active Texas County felony warrant, was sitting inside a stationary vehicle on Panther Road south of Cabool.
A trooper responded to the location and attempted to contact the person inside the vehicle, who had been identified by the Cabool officer as 40-year-old Micha L. Ross. Ross fled in the vehicle and was pursued by the trooper. The pursuit continued on several county roads in southern Texas County and the trooper terminated the pursuit after losing sight of the vehicle.
A short time later, a Cabool officer found the vehicle and reinitiated the pursuit. Ross entered the business district of Cabool and exited his vehicle displaying a hand gun by holding it to his head. He entered two occupied businesses with officers following him. Ross ignored repeated commands to put the gun down. He walked onto U.S 63 Highway still holding the gun to his head.
At about 5:15 pm, as he was confronted by officers in front of another business, Ross discharged a single round from the handgun fatally shooting himself. Ross was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday in Springfield.
The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.