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BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the person at the center of a death investigation north of Columbia as Troy Bateman, 35, from Marshall.

Bateman was identified last week as the suspect in an incident in which he allegedly fired a gun at a state trooper in Saline County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the Columbia Police Department asked it to conduct a death investigation in the area of Oakland Gravel road and Alfalfa Drive Wednesday afternoon. 

Authorities said Columbia officers pulled over a car for a traffic stop, at which point two women got out of the car. Police said a man, later identified as Bateman, fired a gunshot from inside the car, and two officers returned fire.

An autopsy by the the Boone County Medical Examiner Office Bateman revealed Bateman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Other than the deceased man, there were no other injuries reported. The state patrol's division of drug and crime control continues to investigate. 

[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include more information.]

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