Columbia man led police on car chase through subdivision

Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 8:49 a.m. CDT; updated 9:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man wanted in a November shooting was captured after leading a Boone County Sheriff's deputy on a car chase through the El Chaparral subdivision Wednesday night.

The chase began at 6:50 p.m. when Rashard Bigham, 21, failed to stop at a stop sign near Santa Barbara Drive and ended when he struck a vehicle, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Bigham was already wanted on warrants for first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a November 2012 shooting of a 17-year-old male, according to previous Missourian reporting. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

He was found in possession of marijuana and a loaded, stolen assault rifle when police searched his car, according to the release. 

Bigham was arrested on charges of first-degree assault, felony resisting arrest, possession of a firearm, felony property damage, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, careless driving, property damage, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He was being held at Boone County Jail on a bail of $444,335. The bail for first-degree assault has yet to be set.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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Michael Williams May 9, 2013 | 10:25 a.m.

Ok, among other things he had an "assault rifle", whatever that means. Was it an automatic or could it be selected to operate in automatic mode? If not, is it an "assault rifle?" Or just a semi-automatic look-alike that operates the same way as my perfectly-legal Remington 1100 12 gauge semi-automatic?

I wonder if he registered it?

Regardless, if he's found guilty, this is an excellent opportunity to severely punish someone abusing our laws, including gun laws. If he's off the streets, he isn't committing crimes. Including those with guns.

When it comes to guns, THIS kind of person is who gun-o-phobics should be concentrating their efforts....instead of law-abiding citizens for which the data says "Don't worry, be happy." INO, spend 99% of your time concentrating on 99% of the problem instead of spending 99% of your time on 1% (or less) of the problem.

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Michael Williams May 9, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.

SkipY: Dang, wish I could read your post. Locked out of the Colonel's article, so letting you know here.

We should just start a DFogle clone "letter to the editor" so we could talk about all sorts of stuff the Missourian won't talk about 'cause it doesn't pass the agenda test.

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