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Prosecutor clears Columbia police in deadly shooting outside night club


Columbia officers will not face criminal prosecution related to a deadly November shooting during what police described as a "mass casualty event."

Police said five people were shot and a witness heard about 50 rounds being fired Nov. 14 outside Vibez Lounge in downtown Columbia. Officers shot and killed Quillian Jacobs as he ran away from the scene shooting, police said.

"Mr. Jacobs injured 5 victims as he recklessly fired his weapon in the streets during his retreat from Vibez," St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar wrote in a prepared statement. "Sgt. Schuster, and later Officer Pottoroff pursued Mr. Jacobs, who still retained his firearm in his hand, and fired their weapons as Mr. Jacobs was attempting to escape by means of a deadly weapon.  Further, the officers believed that Mr. Jacobs posed a deadly threat to the officers and other persons as he maintained possession of his firearm, disobeying Sgt. Schuster’s commands and attempt to detain and arrest Mr. Jacobs."

Lohmar was appointed as special prosecutor to review the case.

"Based upon review of this report, no charges will be pursued, nor will any additional investigation be requested," Lohmar wrote.

Jacobs was the only person killed in the shooting.

Another man, Todd Nesbitt Jr., was charged after the shooting with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. His next hearing is scheduled for May 31, with a trial scheduled for late June.

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