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A mid-Missouri kidnapping and attempted carjacking Tuesday night during a long police pursuit into Southern Illinois left two people dead, and a woman critically hurt. Illinois State Police say 39-year-old Leslie Austin of Jefferson City, Missouri abducted his 33-year-old girlfriend and her 10--year-old daughter in Jefferson City and was involved in multiple shootouts with police. 

 

Illinois St Police Captain Timothy Tyler says the kidnap victim escaped her captor in Bond County near Greenville, but not unscathed.

 

 

She is expected to survive. The child and all police involved were unharmed. Police say the suspect tried to find another vehicle moments later with deadly consequences...

 

 

A 67-year-old North St. Louis County, Missouri man was killed. Austin later drove down a dead end street and died shortly after a shootout with police. It's not clear if police or Austin fired the fatal shot. 

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