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JOPLIN, Mo. -- A 28-year-old Arkansas man was found dead after exchanging gunfire with sheriff's deputies in southwest Missouri.

Jasper County authorities say Kenneth Ashburn of Bella Vista died Thursday afternoon about a mile east of the Missouri Southern State University campus.

The sheriff's office said it's unclear if Ashburn died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was killed by deputies.

The Joplin Globe reported that Deputy Justin Henry, a seven-year veteran, was discharged from the hospital Thursday night after being shot in the leg.

Sheriff Randee Kaiser said Ashburn had a warrant for aggravated assault in Cherokee County, Kan.

Metro on 09/14/2019

Print Headline: Arkansas man dies in Missouri gunfire

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