Man kills self after 2 teens, 1 woman slain in SE Arkansas

DERMOTT, Ark. (AP) - State police say a suspect in a triple slaying killed himself this afternoon as police closed in.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said police had surrounded 41-year-old John Paul "Bo" Young in a remote area south of Dermott when he fired a shot that took his own life.

He was wanted for questioning in the killings of a woman and two teenagers at Dermott this morning.

Sadler said Young was spotted this afternoon near the Cutoff Creek Wildlife Management Area, about seven miles south of Dermott, west of U-S 165.

According to Sadler, deputies of both the Chicot and Ashley County sheriff's offices set up a perimeter surrounding the area and were attempting to establish contact with Young when he killed himself.

Arkansas State Police say that, at about seven-45 a-m, shootings were reported at a home in Dermott.

Once there, officers found two people dead -- a 23-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl. Police say a 12-year-old boy who had been shot was taken to a hospital in McGehee where he later died of his injuries.

The victims' names have not been released. State police say two other adults were at the home and were not injured.

Police said Young had recently been staying with acquaintances in the Dermott area, and had relatives in Ashley and Chicot (CHEE'-koh) counties.

Officers said he fled the scene of the three killings driving a pickup truck that had been stolen at gunpoint earlier in the day.

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