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CARLIN – An Ohio motorist pulled over for a traffic infraction in Carlin turned out to be wanted for the murder of his girlfriend.

Carlin Police Chief Dennis Fobes said an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday for making an illegal turn at Fir and Tuscarora streets.

“The driver didn’t immediately pull over,” Fobes said. “The officer observed the driver pull a rifle from the passenger’s side floorboard while failing to stop.”

The vehicle continued about three more blocks before stopping, at which point the driver pointed the rifle to his head and threatened to shoot himself, Fobes said.

“Officers were able to talk him into surrendering,” he said. The driver threw the rifle out of the car, then got out and was arrested.

The driver was identified as Matthew J. Dempsey, 46, of Pauling, Ohio. A manhunt for Dempsey had been underway since Sunday when the body of his girlfriend, Gina L. Mann, 47, was found in the garage at her home in Briceton, where Dempsey was also living, according to the Paulding Progress.

Mann’s cause of death had not been determined, but an arrest warrant for murder was issued against Dempsey.

Fobes said Dempsey told police he was fleeing to the Redwoods in California to commit suicide.

He was being held Tuesday in Elko County Jail for Ohio authorities.

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