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Miss. fugitive gunned down by Fla. deputies

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in north Florida believe they have killed a fugitive twice featured on "America's Most Wanted" for allegedly beating to death his mother.

The St. John's County Sheriff's Office was on the lookout for 52-year-old Rodney Joseph Lasseigne after the U.S. Marshal's Service said he might be in the area.

Three deputies responding to a call early Saturday morning about a stolen semi saw the Toyota Yaris associated with the Gautier, Miss., man, just off Interstate 95.

They approached the car and opened fire after the man brandished a sawed-off shotgun.

Lasseigne's mother, 68-year-old mother, Juanita Gibson, was beaten to death in July 2008. The crime was featured on December and February episodes of "America's Most Wanted."

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