Man suspected of killing two in Columbia dies in shootout with deputies

Authorities say a man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third at a duplex near Columbia has been killed in a shootout with deputies.

Det. Tom O’Sullivan, of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, said officers responded late Saturday to reports of gunfire and found a man and a woman who lived in the duplex dead. A male roommate who sustained life-threatening injuries was taken to a hospital.

O’Sullivan said a pursuit began when deputies tried to stop a vehicle seen fleeing from the scene. After losing control in the snow while attempting to turn onto U.S. 63, the driver got out of with a handgun. O’Sullivan said shots were exchanged, and the suspect was fatally wounded.

The names of the people who were killed weren’t immediately released.