JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson, announced that a Fulton, Mo., man and a Boonville, Mo., woman were charged in federal court Friday, April 8, 2016, with illegally possessing a firearm following a police chase in the Columbia, Mo., area the day before in which they fired upon pursuing officers.
According to a news release, Russell Deane Moore, Jr., 25, of Fulton, and Victoria Ann Buol, 24, of Boonville, were in separate but related criminal complaints filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo., on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Moore and Buol, who were arrested at the conclusion of law enforcement pursuit, appeared in court for a detention hearing Friday afternoon.
The federal criminal complaints charge Moore with being a felon in possession of a firearm and Buol with possession of a stolen firearm. Allegedly, they were in possession of a stolen Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Thursday, April 7, 2016.
According to affidavits filed in support of the criminal complaints, a Columbia, Mo., resident reported that her Jeep had been stolen from her residence on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Firearms and other items were stolen from the residence as well, including the Smith & Wesson pistol.
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, at approximately 2:44 a.m., a Boone County deputy sheriff saw the stolen Jeep pull into the Midway Travel Center located at 6401 E. Highway 40 in Columbia. The affidavit says the Jeep appeared to be unoccupied, but as they deputy approached, she Buol move from the front passenger seat into the driver’s seat. She reportedly drove away from the deputy, stopping in the parking lot to pick up Moore, who got into the front passenger’s seat.
The deputy then pursued the Jeep with his emergency lights activated. The Jeep turned onto Highway 40 and Moore allegedly shot at the deputy muliple times as they were crossing Interstate 70. The Jeep turned onto Highway UU and stopped at the intersection of Sugar Creek Road. The affidavit says Moore got out of the Jeep and started shooting at the deputy, then got back into the Jeep and the pursuit continued.
The deputy’s patrol vehicle was struck by gunfire and disabled. Other officers continued their pursuit of the Jeep into the southern part of Columbia. Eventually, the chase moved onto Interstate 70 East, where officers pursued the Jeep into Callaway County, Mo. The affidavit says multiple shots were fired from the Jeep at various officers throughout the pursuit. Shots were also fired at four semi-trailer trucks traveling along Interstate 70, nearly hitting one of the drivers.
According to the affidavit, Moore and Buol later told investigators they fired at the semi-trailer trucks in an effort to cause a serious accident, thus stopping officer’s pursuit of them, aiding their escape.
The pursuit ended when the Jeep ran out of gas on County Road 172 in Callaway County. Buol reportedly threw the pistol from the front passenger seat, and Moore and Buol were arrested.
It is illegal under federal law for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Moore has two prior felony convictions for burglary.
This case was investigated by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Miller.