Columbia Police Shoot Suspect After Weapon Drawn on Officers
A Columbia man was shot and killed by Columbia Police yesterday afternoon in the 2200 block of Stadium Boulevard after drawing a weapon and failing to comply with police officers' commands.
According to a Columbia Police Department release, James Sears, III, 38 of Columbia was shot by two Columbia police officers and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His next of kin has been notified.
According to Columbia Police:
A cursory review of available video footage revealed Sears drew a firearm on the officers and posed an immediate threat to officers and citizens in the area. Two officers fired their firearms after the suspect failed to comply with verbal commands. In this case, the footage showed enough detail to release these preliminary observations.
"There are multiple people impacted when events like this occur and we have to find ways to support each other," said Chief Geoff Jones in the press release. "I would like to thank the citizens who patiently waited for investigators, first responders, transit employees, Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for assisting us."
CPD officers were investigating Sears for narcotics distribution and an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation. He was known to be armed and dangerous according to Columbia Police.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the case as is the Columbia Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.
Columbia Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 573-874-7652 or to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
The investigation is ongoing.