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Ohio man kills 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, self

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northwest Ohio say a man chased and fatally shot his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend in her car before barricading himself in his home and committing suicide.

Police in Toledo identified the woman killed Sunday morning as Kaitlin Gerber.

Police say her former boyfriend, 29-year-old Jashua Perz, chased her in a car and fired shots at her. She crashed her car in a parking lot, possibly after being struck by a bullet.

Police said Perz then barricaded himself in his home, with crisis negotiators speaking with him by phone for several hours. Officers who forced their way into the home at about 5 p.m. Sunday found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Gerber's family members say the shooting was the culmination months of stalking, threats, and harassment by Perz.

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