UPDATE: The MSHP now says Bateman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  They report on January 19, 2017, an autopsy of Troy Bateman, 35, of Marshall, MO, was conducted at the University of Missouri, by the Boone County Medical Examiner Office.

The autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a single contact gunshot wound of the head, troopers say.

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


COLUMBIA, Missouri- Sergeant Scott White of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says 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.

The investigation is ongoing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, the agency says.

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