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By CARL SMITH
An inmate who escaped captivity from the Choctaw County Courthouse Wednesday died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While Choctaw County Coroner Keith Coleman confirmed the cause of death of 27-year-old inmate Bobby Fair, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations officials have yet to complete their full report on his death.
Jon Kalahar, a spokesman for the Miss. Department of Safety, said the full report will come after the state crime lab finishes ballistics testings.
Kalahar did confirm Fair died of a gunshot, but could confirm if it was self-inflicted. He also said shots were exchanged by Fair and pursuing officers, but none occurred at the location where Fairâ€™s body was recovered.
â€śThe weapon will be in Jackson [today], and a report will be issued once the investigation is closed,â€ť Kalahar said.
Ackerman Mayor Dick Cain said Fair was due at the Choctaw County Courthouse Wednesday for a preliminary appearance after he was arrested on two counts of armed robbery.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. that day, Fair attacked a female officer on the way to the courtroom, took her firearm and forced her to unlock his restraints and surrender her Taser, cellphone and gun belt. Fair then stole a patrol car and fled the town.
Shortly after the escape, various law enforcement agencies started the hunt for Fair.
Local, county and state agenciesâ€™ pursuit of Fair ended on the Natchez Trace north of French Camp about 8 p.m. last night.