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LOUDONVILLE -- One man died Saturday evening after a shooting at Mohican Reservation Campground and a pursuit that led police from the campground through the village of Loudonville. 

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead "shortly after" the pursuit ended at the intersection of North Market and Campbell Streets, according to a press release from the Loudonville Police Department.

Authorities say that at approximately 6:41 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute from a female who was camping at Mohican Reservation Campground. Deputies from Holmes and Knox County were dispatched to the campground, as it is located in both jurisdictions. The Loudonville Police Department was also requested to send an officer and subsequently a Mohican State Park officer.

While en route, officers were informed the male suspect had set fire to a tent, was shooting at people and attempting to leave the scene, possibly with a child. 

According to the press release, the Loudonville and Mohican officers arrived first, just as the suspect was fleeing the scene. The two pursued the suspect on CR 23 and CR 3175 (Wally Road) towards Loudonville, where another LPD officer had set up tire deflation devices. 

The suspect's vehicle ran over the devices, but continued on two wheels into Loudonville. 

At this point, an Ashland County Sheriff's Office deputy joined the pursuit, and the chase continued into the center of the village and northbound on North Market Street until the suspect's vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of North Market and Campbell Streets.

The suspect then exited the vehicle with a handgun and shots were fired, according to the press release. It does not identify who fired the shots. 

The suspect was later pronounced dead by Loudonville EMS. The area was secured by additional responding officers and the Ohio Bureau of Investigations was contacted to conduct the investigation.

There were no injuries during the shooting at the campground and no officers were injured during the incident.

The case remains under investigation. We will report on more details as they become available.

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