02/08/2006

Suspect in gay bar attack shot himself during Ark. police shootout

By KEN MAGUIRE
Associated Press Writer

BOSTON- The teenager accused of two slayings and going on a rampage at a gay bar fatally shot himself in the head in a gunfight with Arkansas police, authorities said Tuesday.

Jacob Robida, 18, of New Bedford, Massachusetts turned the gun on himself Saturday after he fatally shot a West Virginia woman who was in his car, said Bristol District Attorney Paul Walsh Jr.

Police originally said that they shot Robida Saturday after he fired at them at the end of a high-speed chase in rural Arkansas. Robida killed Gassville, Arkansas, police officer Jim Sell and led police on a 20-mile (32.2 kilometer) chase before being stopped in nearby Norfork.

Police had searched for Robida since early Thursday, when they say he used a hatchet and handgun to wound three men at Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Walsh said two of his investigators have traveled from Massachusetts to Arkansas and reviewed Robida's autopsy report.

Walsh said Robida's autopsy proved that he was killed by the same gun used in the bar attack. He said that gun also fired the bullet that killed Jennifer Rena Bailey, 33, who Robida picked up after fleeing Massachusetts.

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