Man dead after traffic stop by Columbia cops

     (AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating after a

man died of a gunshot wound after a traffic stop in Columbia.

     Boone County Sheriff Sgt. Scott White says the confrontation began Wednesday

afternoon when Columbia police pulled over a car.

     The Columbia Daily Tribune reports White said two females got out of the

vehicle and police fired at the car after they heard a gunshot.

     He says investigators are trying to determine whether officers shot the man or

if he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

     No officers were injured.

     White did not release the names or ages of anyone involved.

     The Columbia police department asked the patrol to conduct the investigation.


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