Reuters: Massachusetts gay bar shooting suspect dies

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Tom Dempsey

Feb 5, 2006, 12:28:10 PM2/5/06
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Massachusetts gay bar shooting suspect dies

BOSTON (Reuters) - The teenager involved in a bloody attack on three men
in a Massachusetts gay bar died early on Sunday morning from wounds
sustained in a gun battle with Arkansas police, a police spokesman said.

"Jacob Robida died at 3:38 Central Time (0938 GMT)," Arkansas State
Police spokesman Bill Sadler told Reuters. "His body will now be
released to the state crime lab."

Robida, who had fled 1,500 miles to the Ozark Mountains, was shot twice
in the head by police shortly after he crashed his car following a
16-mile (26-km) chase, police said.

The 18-year-old, who had become the subject of a nationwide manhunt
after he was accused of wounding three people with a gun and a hatchet
in a New Bedford, Massachusetts, gay bar late on Wednesday, shot and
killed a police officer in Gassville, Arkansas who had pulled the
Pontiac over for a routine traffic stop, police said.

When the high-speed chase ended and police approached the car, Robida
traded fire with police who then shot him through the window, police
said. A 33-year-old woman from West Virginia, who police said knew the
teenager, was found dead in the car after Robida was shot, police said.

Robida died at CoxHealth Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he was
taken in critical condition on Saturday after being captured, police said.

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