UPDATE: Police seek second suspect in Columbia shootout

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 9:19 p.m. CDT; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 5, 2013

COLUMBIA — Police identified a second suspect Thursday evening in connection to a shooting at Garth and Texas avenues on Wednesday.

Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, is a 5-foot-11-inch Hispanic male who weighs approximately 175 pounds, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. Guillen has a number of tattoos, including a "C" in front of his left ear and of a cross on the back of his right hand. He is considered armed and dangerous and is wanted for armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree assault, the release said.

Coty Thomas Galbreath, 23, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action and was being held Thursday morning at Boone County Jail on $159,000 bond, Sgt. Joe Bernhard said. Judge Gary Oxenhandler set bond at $150,000 for the armed criminal action charge and $9,000 for the unlawful use and possession of a weapon charge.

Police recovered 27 shell casings from the scene that involved men in two vehicles.

Galbreath was taken to a local hospital after the shooting and treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening and released, Bernhard said.

Galbreath has been charged with and pleaded guilty to previous gun-related and assault crimes, according to court records, including:

  • In July 2007, he was charged with theft of a firearm and two counts of second-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty to all charges in April 2008.
  • In November 2007, Galbreath was charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He pleaded guilty to the charge in June 2008.
  • In October 2008, he was charged with third-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2009.
  • In December 2008, Galbreath was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, according to a Missourian report, that injured a 16-year-old male.
  •  In July 2009, Galbreath pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection to that shooting.
  • In February 2013, Galbreath was charged with third-degree domestic assault, and he is scheduled to have a court hearing for those charges on Aug. 16.

The investigation was still ongoing as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Anyone with information about Guillen’s location is requested to call the Columbia Police Department at 442-6131. Anyone wanting to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Missourian reporter Lakshna Mehta contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.


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