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Columbia man charged in relation to Friday evening standoff


A Columbia man was charged and appeared in court Monday in relation to a standoff in east Columbia that began Friday evening and went into Saturday morning.

James Scott Duncan, 58, is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed-criminal action. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond. An arraignment hearing was held at the Boone County Courthouse on Monday. Duncan appeared by video from the jail.

A bond hearing is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2.

Columbia Police Department spokesman Christian Tabak told ABC 17 News over the weekend that officers were called to the 700 block of Woodridge Drive around 8:40 p.m. Friday for a shots-fired call. Officers left the area at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

A victim told police that Duncan was “acting crazy” and was destroying things in the residence, according to the probable cause statement.

A victim had a recording, according to the statement, where they said Duncan scared them, and Duncan allegedly could be heard saying “you will be scared when I grab my 12 gauge.” A victim was in a basement bathroom and heard two gunshots.

A victim told police that Duncan previously threatened to get a shotgun and kill everyone on Thursday, Feb. 2. Another victim at the residence heard three gunshots, the probable cause statement says.

Another victim said they were upstairs during the incident and said Duncan grabbed a shotgun and shot once through a door that goes to the basement of the house, the statement says.

CPD has received 10 different calls since Dec. 3, 2021, about Duncan acting erratic, violent, destroying items and threatening people in the home, according to the statement.  

In another case, Duncan is charged with fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. A case review in that case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Boone County Courthouse.

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