At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, officers with the Columbia Police Department attempted to stop a black sedan on North Oakland Gravel Road east of Alfalfa Drive in Columbia, MO. Once the vehicle came to a stop, two females exited the vehicle, and a suspect fired one shot from inside. Two Columbia police officers discharged their firearms and a male suspect was found deceased inside the vehicle. Neither the officers nor anyone else was injured.

The male suspect has been identified as Troy Bateman, 35, from Marshall, MO. Bateman was being sought by law enforcement authorities regarding an active parole violation warrant for burglary. Bateman was also wanted for questioning in reference to the assault on a law enforcement officer after exchanging gunfire with a Missouri state trooper in Saline County, MO, on January 13, 2017, and fleeing the scene.

An autopsy was conducted at the University of Missouri, by the Boone County Medical Examiner. The autopsy of Bateman, revealed the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound to the head. According to an updated press release, the wound is consistent with a self-inflicted injury.

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control are continuing to investigate the incident.

Press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol