Prosecutors have charged a wanted man at the center of a police chase that resulted in two officers being investigated for shooting at a moving vehicle.
Kieth Edwin Brodie, 41, was charged Thursday with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. Courts have ordered he be held without bond when or if he is arrested.
Brodie led authorities on two separate pursuits on the evening of Feb. 19 and early hours of Feb. 20 in Columbia and Boone County. During the latter, two officers fired on his vehicle as he drove toward them, resulting in their suspensions as an internal affairs investigation is underway.
Columbia police would later offer an apology for not releasing details of the incidents for eight days.
Two probable cause statements filed Thursday, one by police and one by county sheriffs, detail Brodie's alleged crimes but do not mention the actions of officers that led to their suspension.
Columbia officer Marius Juncu wrote in the first affidavit that at 8:20 p.m Feb. 19 officers went to apprehend Brodie on a felony child support warrant in the 3700 block of Rollins Road. When police approached the truck he was driving, he looked at them and failed to obey commands to show his hands.
Brodie put the truck in reverse and struck an officer identified in the report as T.G., injuring the officer. He then fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Police pursued him but stopped a few minutes later after they lost sight of his truck.
Brodie was involved in another incident at 12:04 a.m. Feb. 20 in Boone County.
Boone County Sgt. Micah Boyd wrote in an affidavit that Brodie went to a residence in the 6200 block of South West Way demanding to talk to a woman. He kicked in the door and stole her purse, took out a motorcycle key and threw the purse in the driveway.
A man inside the home ran out to the driveway and told Brodie to leave. Brodie pulled out a gun and fired a shot, but did not strike the man, Boyd wrote.
Columbia Police said at a Feb. 28 press conference that officers spotted Brodie turning west on Route K, heading toward McBaine. City and county authorities pursued him eventually heading north on Nebo Cemetery Road.
Other officers had set up spike strips at the intersection of that road and Route UU, but when Brodie saw the roadblock he turned and drove back toward the police pursuing him. At that time, one of two officers who had exited the vehicle fired at the truck.
Columbia internal affairs and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are reviewing both of their actions.
After shots were fired the truck ran off the roadway and Brodie and an unidentified passenger fled into a nearby wood. Police say they do not believe either were injured.
Police ask that anyone with information about Brodie's whereabouts contact the department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.