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Charges filed against 18-year-old after officers shot at in downtown Columbia

CPD shooting Stolen car towed from Ash street and Orr street
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Stolen car towed from Ash street and Orr street


Columbia police have now detained two juveniles and arrested an 18-year-old man in connection after shots were fired at officers downtown early Thursday.

Police said Thursday afternoon that a second juvenile had been detained in connection with the shooting -- which did not injure officers -- at Ash and Orr streets. The Columbia Police Department said earlier in the day that officers had arrested an 18-year-old man and detained a juvenile.

A release from the police department said Anthony Stapleton, of Columbia, was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Officers with the Columbia Police Department originally attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday.

That vehicle eventually crashed at the intersection of Ash and Orr streets, after a short chase, police said. The release said the shooting suspects got out of the car and ran from the scene.

Police used K-9 units to make a perimeter -- eventually arrested Stapleton and detain the juvenile. At least one suspect is still on the run, according to the release.

Stapleton has been booked into the Boone County Jail, according to online records.

Anthony D. Stapleton is suspected of shooting at Columbia police officers early Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 2021.

Stapleton is charged with 1st-degree assault, armed criminal action, stealing - firearm and 2nd-degree tampering with motor vehicle.

According to online court filings, Stapleton's bond was denied and is "a danger to the community."

Officers found multiple shell casings at the scene. One of the police vehicles was also damaged in the shooting, police said.

Police at the scene told ABC 17 News there were no injuries in the crash or shooting.

CPD said one parking meter had minor damage. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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  1. From the police scanner, the stolen car was driving with its headlights off. Criminals really need to obey all traffic laws and drive with their headlights on at night when driving a stolen car to avoid attracting unwanted police attention. Then, after they crashed and ran off, one of the suspects lost his shoe (Air Jordan of course). Criminals need to tie their shoes before they run from the police. Criminals really shouldn’t shoot at the police, it just makes them mad and more motivated to catch you.

    Two firearms were recovered at the scene of the crash: a 9 mm (reported as stolen) and a 45, the dispatcher said “stolen as well” with an incredulous sounding voice. These two suspects who shot at the police are obvious NRA member domestic terrorists. As soon as President* Biden “defeats the NRA” all gun crimes like this will immediately end. I wonder why the Democrats didn’t “defeat the NRA” one of the previous times they controlled all 4 branches of government.

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