Days Inn shooting suspect turns himself in

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 4:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A man wanted on suspicion of first-degree assault and armed criminal action turned himself in Sunday at the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Damoris Pierce, 19, is a suspect in a shooting at a Days Inn Hotel that sent one victim to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries in August 2011.


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“He just showed up at the Sheriff's Department and turned himself in,” Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department said.

Pierce went to the Sheriff's Department and gave some indication that he had warrants, O'Sullivan said. Pierce was then processed into the jail. 

The Columbia Police Department said Pierce tried to rob and shoot a 25-year-old man at the Days Inn Hotel, 1900 I-70 Drive S.W., in August, according to a previous Missourian article. The Police Department said the shooting was drug related.

Pierce was charged on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, second-degree property damage, third-degree domestic assault and two counts of failure to appear, said Sgt. Jill Schlude of the Police Department. The first two charges are related to the Days Inn shooting.

The failure to appear charges were for second-degree burglary, second-degree domestic assault and third-degree domestic assault.

As of Monday afternoon, Pierce was in the Boone County Jail with a $110,000 bond.

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