An August 31 vehicle pursuit in Barry County ended with an officer shooting the suspect, who later died in a hospital. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified the suspect as 38-year-old Thomas E. Sekscinski of Aurora. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Aurora Police Department notified Troop D of a pursuit involving one of their officers and a possible stolen vehicle around 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31.

After the suspect turned down a private lane, the officer stopped and exited his vehicle. Sekscinski reportedly turned around and drove toward the officer. The officer then discharged his weapon and struck Sekscinski.

The officer took Sekscinski into custody and rendered first aid until medical personnel arrived. Sekscinski was transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he died on September 6.

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Press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, an Aurora Police Department officer pursued a vehicle from Aurora, Missouri, into Barry County. The pursuit ended along Barry County Road 1165 near McDowell after Thomas E. Sekscinski, 38, of Aurora, Missouri, turned down a private lane. After the officer stopped and exited his vehicle, Sekscinski turned around and drove toward the officer. As the vehicle was approaching the officer, the officer discharged his weapon striking Sekscinski. Sekscinski was transported to Cox South hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he succumbed to his injuries on September 6, 2016. The investigation is ongoing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.