COLUMBIA — Four adult males were arrested Wednesday morning following a shooting incident that led to a more than five-hour standoff at Columbia Square Townhomes in western Columbia.
The incident began at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday when Columbia police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 600 block of Woodlawn Avenue. Police say the caller reported seeing a burgundy Dodge Stratus leaving the area, but officers were unable to locate the vehicle, and no injuries or damages were reported.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. officers responded to another call of shots fired, near Grand Avenue and King Street. Police said a white vehicle was seen firing shots at another vehicle before leaving the area. The vehicles were not located, but shell casings were found.
At 11:45 p.m. two separate police officers observed a burgundy Dodge Stratus near Garth Avenue and Sexton Road. Police followed the Stratus, which turned westbound on Ash Street. According to a news release, a vehicle pursuit was called as the officers attempted to stop the Stratus and its driver failed to stop.
Near the area of Ash Street and West Boulevard three shots were fired at the officers in pursuit. There were no injuries and no apparent damage to the vehicles. The pursuit continued north on Bernadette Drive, east on Worley, and north on Claudell. At 11:50 p.m., the Stratus stopped in the parking lot at Columbia Square Townhomes, in the 1700 block of West Worley Street, and the four occupants fled the vehicle.
According to Columbia Police, the first suspect was taken into custody at approximately 11:55 p.m. outside the 1008 building at Columbia Square Townhomes. The three other suspects fled inside the building. At approximately 1 a.m. police began using a bullhorn to communicate with the suspects, and officers also began evacuating residents of the four-plex who were not inside the target apartment. Three adult females and an infant left the target apartment shortly after 1 a.m. They confirmed there were three males inside, and the women were escorted to the Columbia Police Department for questioning.
According to Columbia Police, at 3 a.m. a second male suspect exited the apartment and was taken into custody. A third male suspect followed approximately 15 minutes later.
The remaining male suspect refused to exit the apartment. Columbia Police said officers deployed pepper spray into the apartment, but it was ineffective in removing the suspect. Officers then deployed tear gas, but that was ineffective as well.
Shortly after 5:30 a.m., officers entered the apartment to take the last suspect into custody. According to police, the man was found hiding under a stairwell and was uncooperative during the arrest.
All four male suspects were taken to the Columbia Police Department for interviews and booking.
During the incident, the Columbia Police Department utilized SWAT team members, crisis negotiators, Patrol Division officers, K-9 officers and members of the Street Crimes Unit. Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol also assisted.
The suspects have been identified as Andre L. Dexter, 31; Trotier F. Sirin, 21; Kimo D. Spivey, 19; Tori A. Rose, 20. All men are from Columbia.
No charges had been filed Wednesday morning, but the Columbia Police Department anticipates that all four will be arrested for first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Rose also had an active warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.
Police encourage anyone with information on this case to submit tips to CrimeStoppers at 875tips.com.