Nebraska man killed himself after shootout with deputies, Kansas authorities say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Falls City man was found dead with a gunshot wound after a pursuit in southeastern Kansas on Monday, authorities say.

Around 5:20 p.m., a woman called the police from her Galena, Kansas, home to report that a man was being held at gunpoint.

The armed man eventually left the home in a Ford F-250, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

About 10 minutes later, Cherokee County deputies spotted the pickup truck, which was later found to be driven by 28-year-old Phillip Doerr of Falls City.

Doerr refused to stop and sped off, investigators said.

He eventually stopped, got out and fired a gun at deputies, according to investigators.

Deputies returned fire before Doerr ran into a wooded area.  Nobody was wounded in the shooting, investigators say.

Around 5:45 p.m., deputies say they heard a single gunshot from the wooded area, and they began searching for Doerr.

About three hours later, deputies found Doerr with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators say an autopsy will be conducted, but no other gunshot wounds were seen.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation.

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