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Authorities say a Texas murder suspect shot by police in South Carolina actually died from a self-inflicted gunshot

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Authorities say a Texas murder suspect shot by police in South Carolina actually died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Richland County deputies said in a news release Tuesday the death of 41-year-old Damon Jonard James had been officially ruled a suicide.

James faced a murder warrant in the Oct. 6, 2014, fatal shooting of 43-year-old Rita Joyce Salton. Houston police say James was arrested, freed on bond and then disappeared.

James was located in Columbia, South Carolina, Monday. U.S. Marshals and other officers tried to arrest him as he worked on his car.

Authorities say James was shot in the upper body after a gun battle with officers. Deputies say James then went to a car and shot himself in the head.

No officers were injured.


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