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Suspect in gay bar attack dies after gun battle in Arkansas

A teenager wanted in a hatchet-and-gun attack on patrons of a Massachusetts gay bar died this morning at a Missouri hospital after he was critically wounded in a gun battle with Arkansas police, authorities said.

Jacob D. Robida, 18, died at 3:38 a.m. at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

Robida was wounded after he shot and killed a small-town police officer in Gassville on Saturday and a West Virginia woman before a shootout ended with Robida's arrest, authorities said. Robida was shot twice in the head, authorities said.

Robida had been wanted since an attack late Thursday in Puzzles Lounge on North Front Street in New Bedford. Witnesses said he entered the bar about 11:30 p.m. and asked "Is this a gay bar?" When told that it was, he pulled out a hatchet and fired a Ruger handgun, seriously injuring three men, then fled.

Police said at some point during the next three days, he picked up Jennifer Rena Bailey, 33, of West Virginia, described as an acquaintance. Robida killed her during the confrontation with police.

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