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UPDATE: Feud fueled Texas and Garth avenues shootout; police make second arrest

Friday, July 5, 2013 | 6:16 p.m. CDT; updated 12:36 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — An ongoing feud spilled over in an exchange of gunfire Wednesday afternoon at Garth and Texas avenues, according to probable cause statements filed in the Boone County Circuit Court.

Coty Thomas Galbreath, 23, and Moises Rodrigo Guillen, 22, both of Columbia, exchanged shots at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday according to probable cause statements filed by Columbia police.

Police recovered 27 shell casings at the scene.

Columbia police have arrested both Galbreath and Guillen. Guillen was arrested Friday on suspicion of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree assault, police Sgt. Jill Schlude said Friday night. He was being held at Boone County Jail Saturday morning with a $300,000 bond.

Schlude said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be made.

Galbreath was arrested Wednesday after being released from a hospital where he was treated for injuries he sustained in the shootout. He was arraigned in court on Friday.

Police interviewed Galbreath and his girlfriend, who's identified only as R.B., in compiling this account of the shooting for the probable cause statements:

Galbreath's girlfriend said he was driving with her in a blue Chrysler when he pulled over on Texas Avenue. Five Hispanic men began shooting at them after getting out of a black Chevy Tahoe that police said was registered to Guillen. Galbreath said he shot back at the black Tahoe after Guillen fired first.

Galbreath's girlfriend said she threw his handgun out the window while driving away. A black .45 caliber Hi-Point handgun, which Galbreath admits to shooting, was found on Texas Avenue a short distance from the scene.

Both cars were abandoned not far from the shootout. Officers found Galbreath after he walked to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound on his left shoulder. 

Police charged Guillen with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon before arresting him Friday evening. A cash bond of $300,000 was set for Guillen, according to court documents.

Galbreath was formally arraigned in the Boone County Courthouse on Friday. Galbreath entered pleas of not guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $200,000.

Galbreath appeared without an attorney before the court via a video feed from the Boone County Jail. He told Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bradley that he has applied for a public defender.

According to previous Missourian reporting, Galbreath was charged in connection to a drive-by shooting that injured a 16-year-old in December 2008 and to other crimes.

Guillen was charged with third-degree domestic assault in May 2012 and has a hearing scheduled for July 10 on that charge.

Arthur Cook-Bremer contributed to this report.


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