Police make arrests in two separate weapons offenses in Jefferson City

1 month 1 week 4 days ago Monday, June 01 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Monday, June 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT June 01, 2020 in News
By: Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department made arrests in two separate weapons offenses on Monday, according to press releases.  

Police said in the first offense, around 4:15 p.m., they received a call from a Jefferson City Transit bus driver about a weapons offense in the 1200 block of Linden Drive.

The release said the driver told police a window of a bus had been shot out, but no one was injured. The bus went back to the transit office for investigation.

Around 6:30 p.m., police said they received a call from someone at Binder Lake who said he was shot. The victim was a juvenile and had an injury to his arm. 

Emergency services went to the area and treated the victim on scene, according to the release. Police said the victim was able to give a description of the suspect and a vehicle involved. 

Police working near the Capitol did a traffic stop around 9 p.m. with a vehicle matching the description. Police said they stopped the vehicle for questioning about events near the Capitol protest. After detaining the suspect, police said they were connected to the two earlier incidents. 

Police found a pellet rifle in the car, according to the release. Police said they arrested three adults and one juvenile for the assault at Binder Lake and for narcotics and alcohol they found at the traffic stop. 

Police said this is an ongoing investigation and more property destruction may be connected. 

The second weapons offense happened around 6:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of West Truman Boulevard, or the Walgreens Pharmacy. 

According to the release, police found an 18-year-old victim with gunshot wounds in a vehicle. Police said the other people in the vehicle were attempting to save the victim's life and officers eventually took over. 

Police said the victim was taken to a hospital for his injuries. Police said they do not know the condition of the victim. 

The other people in the car were able to describe a suspect vehicle and the direction it was going, according to the press release. Police said while they looked for a suspect, other officers talked to someone near the police department who said he was involved in the shooting.

Police arrested the 21-year-old suspect and took him in for questioning. Police said he did not make a statement and they took him to Cole County Jail where he is awaiting charges.

The people inside the victim's car were also taken into custody and to the police department for questioning. 

The press release said that in the initial investigation, they found the subjects had intentionally met in the parking lot. 

All three subjects are adults and are being held for theft at the Cole County Jail.

Both weapons offenses are considered ongoing investigations and police said anyone with information should call the Jefferson City Police Department. 

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