A shot fired in the direction of law enforcement officers shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday was thought to be the unintended result of an apparent suicide.
Undersheriff Bryan Murphy said he, deputy Daren Kellerman and David Ingle, an Iola police officer, were checking on the welfare of Mark Ard, 39, when a rifle bullet came close to them at a farmstead along Florida Road between 3600 and 3800 streets.
Ard later was found in a thicket, dead of a head wound. An assault-type rifle was found next to the body.
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