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Suspect in shooting death arrested at traffic stop

Monday, October 6, 2008 | 6:00 p.m. CDT; updated 9:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 6, 2008

COLUMBIA — A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Clyde Hyler III for a traffic violation near U.S. 63 and Interstate 70, a Columbia Police Department release said. Hyler was wanted in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting death of one man and wounding of another in what police have called a drug setup. 

Police then discovered that Hyler was driving a car that had been reported stolen from Kansas City, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said.

He said investigators have been working with outside agencies since the August shooting to track Hyler, who was listed on Crime Stoppers' wanted list and described as armed and dangerous.

Police have tracked Hyler's movements between Columbia and Kansas City, Hammond said.  "Most of the time, he was just one step ahead of our people," he said.

After the shooting in August, Capt. Brad Nelson said police thought the incident was the result of a setup by Hyler, 22, and Antoine J. Harris, 31.  Two men —Antonio Flores-Ramirez, 29, of Columbia, and Javier Perdoza, 23 — thought they were going to buy drugs, Nelson said, but Hyler and Harris' real plan was to rob the men.

That night, Flores-Ramirez was found shot to death on a street corner on Quail Drive, and Perdoza was found in a nearby apartment, shot in the chest.

Authorities arrested Harris the next day, and police said he confessed to his involvement in the shooting.  Harris is currently in Boone County Jail.

As of Monday morning, Hyler was in Boone County Jail on $1 million bond — $500,000 for the first-degree robbery charge and $500,000 for the second-degree murder charge.  He has refused to make any statements to police, Hammond said.

Charges related to driving a stolen car would have to come from Kansas City, Hammond said, adding: "Right now, that's the least of his problems."

In the past five years, Hyler has had multiple stints in Boone County Jail for charges including theft, trespassing, domestic assault and possession of marijuana, court records show.


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