Police department arrests second shooting suspect

Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 10:53 a.m. CDT; updated 12:35 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 8, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department arrested a second suspect in connection with the rash of shootings that occurred last week.

Police received a tip from Crimestoppers that Richard G. Dekruyff was involved in the shooting that happened at Ash Street and Sanford Avenue on July 1, a news release from the department said. Investigators also spoke with a witness who identified Dekruyff as the shooter.


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Dekruyff initially tried to hide his identity and gave officers many aliases. During their search of the house, officers found a drivers license that didn't belong to Dekruyff, as well as a bag of marijuana, the news release said.

Dekruyff tried to flee from officers but was apprehended and arrested. After learning Dekruyff's true identity, officers discovered he had an active warrant for second-degree drug trafficking in Clay County, the news release said.

Dekruyff was arrested for an outstanding warrant and on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, obstructing government operation, armed criminal action and first-degree assault, the news release said.

At the time of the news release, his bond was set at $1,500. This bond amount did not yet include all charges.

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