Man arrested after disturbance with gun at Columbia Mall

Sunday, November 9, 2008 | 5:41 p.m. CST; updated 7:55 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 9, 2008

One man was arrested Sunday morning after a work-related dispute with a fellow employee at Panera Bread in the Columbia Mall, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia resident David Perry, 24, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after a confrontation with the victim, 35, whose name has not been released. According to the release, the incident occurred in the mall parking lot near Panera Bread at approximately 5:44 a.m.

According to police, the suspect drew a handgun from the waist of his pants and then proceeded to work the slide on the semiautomatic. The victim noticed the gun had malfunctioned, and when Perry pointed the gun at him, the victim took the gun away from Perry and ran inside Panera Bread. The victim then contacted mall security, which contacted Columbia police.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was still on the scene and took him into custody. The handgun was recovered.

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Ray Shapiro November 10, 2008 | 4:19 a.m.

Maybe the dispute was over who's turn it was to make the coffee...

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Charles Dudley Jr November 10, 2008 | 4:22 a.m.

Is nowhere in our city safe?

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Timm Lynn November 10, 2008 | 3:23 p.m.

Whatever happened to solving problems with good old fashion arguing. If the thing escalates, then going to "Duke City." Now we see these mama's boys can't do either, so they go straight to shooting. This one even got his gun taken from him. I can't wait to see his mug in the paper. Put him in the same category as the fella that bit the boxer's ear even thou they were right there in the ring where men get it on with their fists. Young people, they aren't laughing with you, they're laughing AT you. Wise up. YES WE CAN.

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ashley brown November 11, 2008 | 3:24 p.m.
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Ayn Rand November 11, 2008 | 3:49 p.m.

So what really happened?

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