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Suspect shoots himself as police close in

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Police blocked off the area around 5th and Monroe Street in La Grange Police blocked off the area around 5th and Monroe Street in La Grange
Medical equipment can be seen on the ground in front of a home at 5th and Monroe Medical equipment can be seen on the ground in front of a home at 5th and Monroe
Lewis County Sheriff David Parish investigating inside police tape perimeters. Lewis County Sheriff David Parish investigating inside police tape perimeters.
LA GRANGE, Mo. (WGEM) -

A man wanted by police in connection with a string of car burglaries shot himself in La Grange, Missouri, Friday afternoon as police closed in, the Lewis County sheriff said.

"Two of my deputies were investigating a recent string of vehicle break-ins. For the past couple of weeks we've had a pretty serious problem with that," said Sheriff David Parrish. 

Parrish said his deputies approached Austin Clark, 20, of La Grange as he walked near 5th and Monroe streets around 3:45 p.m. Parrish said Clark took off running for about 30 feet and then pulled a stolen handgun from his waistband and shot himself.

Parrish said Clark was taken by ambulance to the hospital. His condition has not been released.

This happened just a block away from the La Grange Community Youth Center. On Friday afternoon, about 30 students were inside the building. 

""They had gotten off the school bus and came in and different ones came running in telling us what was going on," said Betty Bronestine, director of the youth center. 

Children were also playing at a neighboring playground, as investigators secured the scene with crime scene tape. None of the children were hurt as a result of the incident.

La Grange Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were on scene assisting the Lewis County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. Parrish said investigators found two stolen handguns on the scene.

Parrish said multiple vehicle burglaries haven taken place in and around Canton, Missouri, this month. More car break-ins were reported Friday morning. Victims said jewelry, credit cards and handguns were taken.

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