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Suspect shot in officer-involved shooting pronounced dead

The suspect was shot by police while on top of a building in the 600 block of Garth Avenue in Columbia. (KRCG)

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed the man who was shot in an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening died shortly after he was struck by gunfire.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Clarence E. Coats of Columbia.

According to Highway Patrol, around 6:30 p.m. dispatchers received calls regarding a male subject threatening individuals and actively firing shots in the 100 block of Oak Street.

Highway Patrol said upon arrival, Coats shot at responding officers before he fled on foot and positioned himself on top of a building in the 600 block of Garth Avenue where he fired more shots at the officers.

A Columbia Police officer returned fire, striking Coats.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, MO, where he was pronounced deceased at 7:53 p.m.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017, at University Hospital, in Columbia.

Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continued to investigate the shooting.

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