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Missouri deputy killed in early morning shootout

Authorities say a southwest Missouri deputy and a passenger in a fleeing car have been killed in a shootout.

KYTV (http://bit.ly/1yOKLdn ) reports that the chase started just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Cedar County Deputy Matthew Chism tried to pull over a driver for having no headlights. The driver sped off and the 25-year-old deputy chased the car through the town of El Dorado Springs.

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Pace says a foot chase ensued when a passenger in the fleeing car jumped out. Chism and the 28-year-old passenger were fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire. The driver, also 28, was arrested at a nearby home.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the driver or passenger.

The patrol is leading the investigation.

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Information from: KYTV-TV, http://www.ky3.com

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