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Tampa murder suspect drowns in Missouri river while on the run from authorities

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(NBC News) — A man who fled the Tampa area over allegations that he was involved in two murders died Sunday after he accidentally drowned in a Missouri river, authorities said.

Sherron David McCombs Jr., 22, was floating with a group of acquaintances in the Current River when he drowned, a spokesperson for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Troopers got a call around 3 p.m. about a person who went underneath the water and did not resurface. A rescue team pulled McCombs’ body from the river shortly after it arrived.

Spokesperson Clark Parrott said troopers were initially unaware that McCombs was wanted in Florida.

“He had been using a fake name with [his acquaintances], because none of the information they had checked out with us,” Parrott said. “So one of our troopers has a portable fingerprint ID machine, and they were able to ID him, and as soon as they did, that’s when it set off all kinds of alarms as to who this gentleman was.”

On Wednesday, the Tampa Police Department said McCombs Jr. was wanted for his involvement in two homicides in Tampa.

Warrants were issued for his arrest for first-degree premeditated murder with a firearm and tampering with physical evidence in these two separate cases.

Between Oct. 31, 2021 and Nov. 2, 2021, police said McCombs Jr. intentionally killed a victim, tampered, removed, and hid physical evidence to cover up his crime.

On Jan. 3, 2022, officers were dispatched to a shooting at the Riviera Apartment complex where they found a 20-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said McCombs Jr. is believed to have been involved at the time of the shooting.

Both cases remain under investigation.

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