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A motorcycle pursuit Tuesday morning ended in the death of a Baxter County man. At approximately 9:58 AM, June 27th, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Ozark County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office that they had received a 9-1-1 call of a trespassing complaint taking place in Baxter County. The location was said to be a residence on State Highway 201 North, just North of Baxter CR 35. A couple of minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office received a second call reporting a loud disturbance taking place at the same residence, with people allegedly shouting and arguing.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, when deputies arrived on scene at approximately 10:08 AM, a male subject fled the scene on a motorcycle. The man allegedly drove down Baxter CR 35 on a motorcycle, and the deputies began pursuing. The pursuit went to the end of Baxter CR 35, and the motorcycle and one of the deputy’s vehicles ultimately collided when the suspect allegedly turned around and came riding back toward the deputy.
The Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that Emergency Medical Services were immediately dispatched to the scene, and deputies began performing CPR on the non-responsive male. The efforts to save the man were not successful, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Baxter County Coroner’s Office.
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident. The decedent was identified as 42-year-old Jason Dean Lansdown, and the deputy involved was Deputy Michael Gorbet.