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Police: Woman slain outside electrical co-op, man kills self

December 19, 2018

NEW CASTLE, Va. (AP) — Police say a woman was fatally shot outside an electrical cooperative in western Virginia and a man driving a car that fled the scene fatally shot himself after a high-speed pursuit in a neighboring county.

Virginia State Police said in statements that the Craig County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting report Wednesday at the Craig-Botetourt Rural Electric Cooperative and found 31-year-old Ashley Bayne dead on the sidewalk.

When Botetourt County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a Dodge Charger that left the shooting scene, the driver fled, reaching speeds of 110 mph (177 kph). Police say the car stopped and deputies found the driver, 52-year-old James Bayne, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He died at a hospital.

Police say the two had a domestic relationship but weren’t married or related.

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