Charges filed for man accused of shooting at police during search

7 months 1 week 2 days ago Thursday, September 14 2017 Sep 14, 2017 Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:43:00 PM CDT September 14, 2017 in News
By: Jordan Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man accused of firing a weapon at officers searching his home was indicted by a grand jury Thursday.

Ardaris Webb Cheatham, 33, of Jefferson City, was indicted on one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, one count of discharging a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime and one count of assaulting a federal law enforcement task force officer.

He is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Police entered Cheatham's home on Sept. 11 to search for narcotics. Officers said Cheatham fired a pistol at them. He tried to escape through the basement, but was apprehended by police, officers said.

Police later reported finding 27 pounds of marijuana in the house, along with a methamphetamine pipe.

A witness told investigators she had purchased the gun, and she said Cheatham had fired the weapon in the past.

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