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Posted: 1/11/2005 6:24:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 6:26:27 PM EDT by AR15fan]
Updated: January 11th, 2005 06:33:27 PM

Columbia, Missouri Officers, Gunman Wounded

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MIKE WELLS
Courtesy of The Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia, MO -- A Columbia police officer investigating last night's shooting of another officer also became a gunshot victim today before the suspect turned a gun on himself.

Evans Police Chief Randy Boehm said at a news conference today that Officer Molly Bowden, 26, remained in critical but stable condition after surgery for numerous bullet wounds to her neck and shoulder area.

Boehm said Officer Curtis Brown, 36, was shot this morning in his right biceps and was in stable condition.

The suspect, Richard "Rick" T. Evans, 23, was in critical condition after shooting himself in the head, Boehm said.

Evans faces charges of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, a Class A felony, and armed criminal action. Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane said he would likely file similar charges in the assault of Brown, but he wanted more information before making a decision.

At 9:50 p.m. yesterday, two Columbia residents spotted Bowden's patrol car with its lights flashing at Forum Boulevard and Nifong Boulevard. They found her lying beside the road, and one of them used the officer's radio to tell a dispatcher that she had been shot.

Before the gunfire, Boehm told reporters, Bowden pulled Evans' car over for a traffic violation. After handing over his license and engaging in conversation, the chief said, Evans pulled out a gun and fired at Bowden, who retreated behind the suspect's car.

Evans stepped out of his Mitsubishi Gallant and fired two more shots at Bowden, Boehm said, wounding her. The officer fell to the ground, Boehm said, and Evans walked over and fired two more rounds. All of the officer's wounds were above her body armor.


"Officer Bowden attempted to return fire, but the suspect attacked so quickly, and there was no opportunity for her to do that," Boehm said.

Evans then returned to his car and drove away, Boehm said. Officers later found the vehicle abandoned at Nifong and Santiago Drive. They don't know where he immediately went after leaving the car.

Video from a camera inside Bowden's vehicle will be used as evidence against Evans, Boehm said. He declined to discuss whether any contraband was found in Evans' car but acknowledged the suspect has previous drug arrests.

After Bowden's shooting, police engaged in a massive manhunt until 7:31 a.m., when Park De Ville area residents heard two gunshots. Boehm said that Brown, who had staked out the neighborhood with other officers, had seen Evans trying to return to his parents' home on Orleans Court.

Brown began chasing Evans, Boehm said. Evans ran through the back yard of a duplex at 3201 W. Worley St. and fired one gunshot, hitting Brown in the right biceps. Boehm said Evans then turned the gun on himself and fired once into his head.

The suspect's father, Dave Evans, was city attorney for Columbia from 1982 to 1986, according to city records. He answered the phone at the family's home this morning but said the family couldn't speak at this time.

"We don't know what happened," the suspect's father said.

According to court records, Rick Evans pleaded guilty in 1998, when he was 17, to possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. In both cases, he received suspended jail sentences and unsupervised probation.

In 1999, Evans' parents petitioned the court for an order of protection against him after he allegedly wrecked their home and damaged a family car. He received a suspended jail sentence and probation after pleading guilty to second-degree property damage, stealing and peace disturbance.

Dave Evans said in his court petition that his son exhibited a continuing pattern of "violence, hate and rage" toward his parents. The father alleged the stress and tension created by his son caused him to suffer a heart attack that year.

Rick Evans' most recent arrest occurred during a traffic stop Aug. 11, 2003. He later pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing up to 35 grams of marijuana and received probation.

As officers scoured the Park De Ville neighborhood for evidence and witnesses this morning, yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the block, stretching into back yards and winding between trees and balcony posts.

The shootings today occurred near Smithton Middle School, 3600 W. Worley St. Some students already were in school when the order came from police for the school to lock down, Assistant Superintendent Chris Mallory said. Paxton Keeley Elementary was less affected because its school day starts later.

"It's been an interesting morning," said Mallory. "We heard a report that we needed to lock down, and we did."

The last officer shooting in Columbia involved Officer Shelley Jones in August 1996. She survived a shotgun blast because of body armor as she tried to stop a suspect at Gerbes Supermarket at 1729 W. Broadway.

I thought pot heads were non violent?
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:27:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:29:42 PM EDT
Fuck maglites, bring some napalm in a spray can.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:33:58 PM EDT
Looks like the War on (some) Drugs has claimed another couple of victims.

Of course, if the moron was driving under the influence, too bad he missed a vital area in his own skull.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:35:42 PM EDT
Columbia MO = Liberal university town with lots of pot heads.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:36:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 6:38:03 PM EDT by Alien]
So??????? Is the fucktard dead? It said he shot himself in the head, but knowing him he's probably too stupid to fucking kill himself correctly. It also said that the video would be used as evidence against him.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:46:20 PM EDT



The suspect, Richard "Rick" T. Evans, 23, was in critical condition after shooting himself in the head, Boehm said.






World would be a better place if this jackass just started with that.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:48:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alien:
So??????? Is the fucktard dead? It said he shot himself in the head, but knowing him he's probably too stupid to fucking kill himself correctly. It also said that the video would be used as evidence against him.



The fucktard is dead now (as of the 6 o'clock news).  
Officer Bowden is in critical condition.  I hope she recovers fully.  
Officer Brown is in stable condition.

Bowden's husband is also an officer with Columbia P.D.

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:04:13 PM EDT
Man what the hell is with Columbia? I drive there every monday a.m. for work and listen to the news on the local radio to get details of the weekend body count. For a sleepy midwestern college town, there's hella buck-wild cap bustin going on there.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:05:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheHappyBlaster:
Man what the hell is with Columbia? I drive there every monday a.m. for work and listen to the news on the local radio to get details of the weekend body count. For a sleepy drug infested midwestern college town, there's hella buck-wild cap bustin going on there.

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:17:17 PM EDT
women "policemen".      hmm.


Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:22:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KBaker:
Looks like the War on (some) Drugs has claimed another couple of victims.

Of course, if the moron was driving under the influence, too bad he missed a vital area in his own skull.



right.    like if drugs were legalized this moron would have been an angel, right?

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:27:35 PM EDT
what fucking gun was he using to shoot himself in the head and live?

plus, shooting 2 cops, who both lived.

had to be a .22

txl
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:17:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
what fucking gun was he using to shoot himself in the head and live?

plus, shooting 2 cops, who both lived.

had to be a .22




Not necessarily.  I have seen fatal 9mm head shots and self inflicted .45ACP head shots that lived.  A lot of the brain can be destroyed without causing death.  All depends on what parts of the brain are damaged.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:20:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By danonly:

Originally Posted By KBaker:
Looks like the War on (some) Drugs has claimed another couple of victims.

Of course, if the moron was driving under the influence, too bad he missed a vital area in his own skull.



right.    like if drugs were legalized this moron would have been an angel, right?


No, but he might not have freaked out about being pulled over.

Or he might have died years ago from an OD, and this would have never happened.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:45:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KBaker:
Looks like the War on (some) Drugs has claimed another couple of victims. ...


Sounds like the exact opposite to me!

This incident is hardly an argument for “recreational” drug legalization.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 9:11:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
Columbia MO = Liberal university town with lots of pot heads.



Easy there skippy...Not all of us are fucked up.  he
Last word I had was that Molly had not regained consciousness yet. Might not hurt to say a prayer for her.
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