UPDATE: Officers suspect shots fired prior to Sunday accident at Providence and I-70

Monday, July 8, 2013 | 8:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Officers recovered a handgun and a shell casing at the scene of a Sunday evening crash at Providence Road and the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 70, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department sent Monday evening.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Bernhard told the Missourian earlier Monday that occupants of the two vehicles involved in the incident may have been exchanging gunfire prior to the collision.

A witness who reported the crash to police said it looked as if the cars were chasing each other and exchanging fire, Bernhard said.

When officers arrived at the scene after responding at 9:50 p.m., they found the two vehicles and an additional vehicle that had been hit but was thought to be uninvolved, according to the release.

There were no injuries, and two people were detained and questioned: passenger Michael Ramey-Pennington, 23, and the 16-year-old driver of one of the suspect vehicles.

Ramey-Pennington was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree property damage related to an earlier incident at 3406 Range Line Street at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

The other suspect vehicle was later located abandoned by the Ashland Police Department in Ashland.

Supervising editors are Jake Kreinberg and Hannah Wiese.


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