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Body recovered of fleeing man who shot himself in river

June 12, 2019

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a Kansas parole absconder who fled from law enforcement and then waded into a river and shot himself to avoid being apprehended.

The Great Bend Tribune reports that 36-year-old Nicholas Lee Curtice fled Monday night when deputies attempted to stop his vehicle in Great Bend.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said in a news release that the pursuit ended when the vehicle hit a ravine. The release says Curtice then shot himself in the Arkansas River in about 4 feet (1.22 meters) of water. The Great Bend Fire Department’s swift water rescue team found his body Tuesday about 1,200 feet (365 meters) downstream.

Records show he had an extensive criminal history that included an April 2018 pursuit in which he hit a deer before he was apprehended.

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Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, http://www.gbtribune.com

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