Man shot by police near Purdy dies

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Aurora man dies from wounds after being shot following pursuit

An Aurora man who was shot by an Aurora officer near Purdy following a pursuit last week has died as a result of his wounds.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Thomas Sekscinski, 38, of Aurora, died from his injuries on Tuesday at Cox South hospital in Springfield.

The investigation is ongoing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.

According to the Highway Patrol, at about 2:19 a.m. on Aug. 31, an officer with the Aurora Police Department initiated a pursuit of a red suburban suspected to be stolen.

The pursuit started in Aurora and continued into Barry County, ending east of Purdy on Farm Road 1165 near McDowell. Sekscinski turned down a private lane, leading the officer to stop and and exit his vehicle.

Sekscinski allegedly turned around and began driving toward the Aurora officer in an attempt to ram him, leading the officer to fire multiple rounds, striking Sekscinski. The officer was not injured.

Epperly said Barry County Deputies Chris Hutson and Taylor Lombard arrived to the scene after the shooting had taken place, and Hutson gave medical care to the suspect until first responders arrived to transport Sekscinski to Cox South.

Epperly said Barry County Detectives Doug Henry and Terry Meek went out to assist the Highway Patrol in the investigation, and Det. Rob Evenson arrived later in the morning to assist, as well.

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