Bunceton standoff suspect confirmed dead
BUNCETON - The Cooper County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that the suspect from Thursday's police standoff in Bunceton is dead.
Sheriff Jerry Wolfe released a statement confirming Jason E. Steding died Friday morning shortly after 10 a.m. from a self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained during the Thursday incident.
Accounts from the Cooper County Sheriff's Department Thursday said Steding abandoned a stolen van after a short pursuit, lit the van on fire, barricaded himself inside a home and exchanged gunfire with law enforcement.
Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said police tried to negotiate a surrender with Steding before he came out onto the porch after a five-hour standoff and shot himself.