Skip to Content

Suspect in officer-involved shooting was just paroled

Police say they are “95 percent” sure the man an officer killed Wednesday night in a parking garage was the same one wanted for a robbery earlier that day.

On Thursday Highway Patrol would not confirm the name of the suspect until the autopsy was complete.

The autopsy is happening on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Jill Schlude with the Columbia Police Department told reporters outside Hitt Street Garage that they strongly believe Mark W. Adair, 51, died when he and an officer exchanged gunfire on the second floor of the parking structure just before 11 p.m. An officer with the University of Missouri police department went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries he suffered during the shooting. At this point, police aren’t sure if his finger was injured by a bullet or just during the confrontation.

ABC 17 News learned Adair had a lengthy criminal past.

He was paroled on Friday, just five days before the shooting.

It was also his third time being released on parole for a 30 year sentence.

In 2005 he paroled, but violated that in 2008.

Court documents ABC 17 News has shows in 2008 Adair tried assaulting a man with a knife looking for his estranged wife.

He then assaulted three officers by trying to take their weapons, hit and bit them.

In 2013 he was released again on parole but was back in prison a year later.

Then paroled last Friday, and on Tuesday an absconder warrant was issued.

Schlude, along with MUPD Captain Brian Weimer, described the confrontation in the garage’s northwest corner. An MUPD officer confronted a man they believe is Adair. The two began fighting, and a Columbia police officer arrived shortly after. It’s unclear who fired the killing shot.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the investigation of the shooting.

On Thursday they did not have any new details into which police agency did fire the killing shot, that is still under investigation.

Columbia police were searching for Adair in relation to a robbery outside of Moser’s grocery store on Keene Street. The department said at 5:35 p.m., officers came to the grocery store after a woman fled from a man who threatened her with a gun near her car. The woman suffered injuries to her head and hands during her struggle with Adair.

ABC 17 News learned Adair was paroled Friday for rape, kidnapping and burglary. He was serving a 30 year sentence. Tuesday, an absconder warrant was issued by the Department of Corrections on Adair for violating his parole.

The search for Adair led Columbia police to Rose Music Hall in downtown Columbia. Around 10 p.m., officers surrounded the music venue, formerly called Mojo’s, after reports of a man matching his description seen in the area. Police told ABC 17 News at the scene the suspect tried to steal a woman’s car at gunpoint, but the woman escaped. Officers also found a car that belonged to Adair in the lot.

The University of Missouri says Columbia Police asked for the MU Police Department’s assistance during a search for Adair. Police began a search throughout downtown, with dozens of officers looking for him.

An MU Alert was sent out saying the suspect engaged police who then shot and killed him.

Christian Basi, spokesman for the University of Missouri, said he had a statement prepared on the departments’ search for Adair. However, authorities told him the suspect had been killed before it was sent. Basi said the University will review the timeline of events before commenting on specifics of communication between CPD, MUPD and the University.

Stay with ABC 17 News for the latest. We are going to have updates on ABC 17 News throughout the day starting at 5 a.m.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

ABC 17 News Team


ABC 17 News is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content