Police: Deputy shooting suspect Shawn Nims dead

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - The suspect accused of shooting two Jefferson County sheriff's deputies is dead after being shot by an officer, police say. 

Authorities found 40-year-old Shawn Nims at approximately 8:20 a.m. after an hours-long manhunt while searching a home in the 7300 block of Cedar Drive in Cedar Hill -- half a mile from the original crime scene, according to a news release. 

Nims tried to escape the residence via a front window, and was armed with a military-style rifle. Police say an officer told Nims to drop his gun, and after Nims refused, an officer fired an unknown number of shots. Nims was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman at the residence was taken into custody by police for questioning. Police say she was either his ex or current girlfriend. No word yet on if any charges will be filed.

Police say Nims shot two sheriff's deputies at a home in Cedar Hill at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, spurring a manhunt. Initial reports said that he was armed and dangerous. 

Deputy Nina Osia, 22, was hit in the calf. The second deputy, 43-year-old Michael Toombs, was hit in the left arm. Both deputies were released after a short stay in a local hospital, and are expected to make a full recovery.

The shootout left Osia with a fractured ankle, which will require surgery.

Police say they had previous contact with Nims before the shooting.

No additional information was immediately available.


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