Columbia PD investigates thefts; Officers authorized to shoot
Columbia Police are investigating two thefts that took place on Monday, October 4. In both cases, the company lost an undetermined amount of money.
Arena Wine and Spirits, 515 Scott Boulevard, was robbed at around 9:40 p.m. CDT, followed by Arena Liquor, 208 Corporate Lake Drive at around 10:25 p.m. CDT. Columbia Police said a man dressed in dark clothing entered stores and showed a handgun while demanding money. Then fled the area in a dark-colored four-door sedan. No injuries were reported.
Columbia Police are asking anyone who knows anything about the thefts to come forward. They can call the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
In other Columbia Police News, a special prosecutor told the Columbia Police Department that he did not intend to lay criminal charges against Columbia Police officers in a shootout involving an officer of the 5 March 2020.
The shooting took place when Columbia police officers attempted to arrest Curtis Haas on suspicion of first-degree child abuse. Haas and the officers exchanged gunshots, and Haas died of gunshot wounds.
In a letter to Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators and with a copy to Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones, Special Prosecutor Christopher D. Wilson said: “In light of these facts it is clear to me that officers were acting legally using lethal force in accordance with section 563.046, RSMo., and for the defense of a person (both self-defense and defense of a third person) in accordance with section 563.031 , RSMo. “
Columbia Police Chief Jones said in the statement, “The special prosecutor’s decision brings some closure to those involved in this case. When an incident like this occurs, it affects the families of those killed or injured, the families of our officers and the community at large. I am grateful for the hard work our officers do every day to keep our community safe.
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