Former Dent Co Deputy shot, arrested after chase. Suspect in double homicide

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Dec 28, 2003
Springfield, MO
Authorities: Mo. man suspected in double slaying chased into hotel lobby, shot and wounded

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities chased an ex-sheriff's deputy suspected in a double slaying down a Missouri highway and then on foot into a hotel lobby where the man was shot and wounded in an exchange of shots, sheriff's officials and local reports said.

Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings said a witness reported 44-year-old Marvin Rice of Salem had shot a male and a female victim in that county Saturday, taking a 2-year-old child with him who he then dropped off with a family member. He said authorities were alerted at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to the deaths in a rural part of the Missouri county.

Stalling's statement said law enforcement officers, tracking Rice's cell phone signal, chased the former Dent County deputy north on Missouri Highway 63.

According to the statement, other law enforcement agencies were alerted and began pursuing Rice. Local reports said several attempts were made to stop Rice's vehicle using spike strips.

Stallings said the chased ended at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, where Rice ran into the lobby and the shots were traded that wounded the man
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