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Gay-bar suspect shot himself

Gay-bar suspect shot himself


Jacob Robida, the teenager who killed a police officer and the woman with whom he was traveling when he went on the run after viciously attacking three men in a New Bedford, Mass., gay bar, apparently turned a gun on himself during a gunfight with Arkansas police, authorities are now saying.

The teenager who killed a police officer and a woman in Arkansas days after an attack in a Massachusetts gay bar shot himself in the head with the same gun used in the bar attack, authorities said. Jacob Robida, 18, of New Bedford, Mass., turned the gun on himself Saturday during a gunfight with Arkansas police, shortly after he fatally shot a West Virginia woman who was in his car, said Bristol County, Mass., district attorney Paul Walsh Jr. "He was prepared not to come out of this alive," Walsh said. Police originally said that they had shot Robida on Saturday after he fired at them at the end of a high-speed chase in rural Arkansas. Robida killed Gassville, Ark., police officer Jim Sell and led police on a 20-mile chase before being stopped in nearby Norfork. Police had been searching for Robida since early Thursday, when they say he used a hatchet and handgun to wound three men at Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford. Walsh said two of his investigators are in Arkansas and reviewed Robida's autopsy report. Robida's autopsy proved that he was killed by the same gun used in the bar attack, Walsh said. That gun also fired the bullet that killed Jennifer Rena Bailey, 33, an acquaintance Robida had picked up after fleeing Massachusetts, he said. Robida was shot just once, and Walsh said it was his understanding that no police bullets penetrated the car. Police in Massachusetts, who are investigating whether Robida had an accomplice in the bar attack, searched Robida's room at his mother's home and discovered a handwritten note in which Robida bade his mother goodbye and suggested he would again resort to violence. The contents of the note have not been released. It was unclear whether Robida left the note before or after the nightclub attack. Robida also had a small cache of weapons with him as he fled westward, an Arkansas prosecutor said. Investigators don't know why, nor do they know why he and the woman were in Arkansas. (AP)

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