(UPDATE: 01/19/17 5 p.m.) – According to an autopsy conducted by the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office, a single gunshot wound to the head was believed to be the cause of death. Investigators say the injury is consistent with a self-inflicted injury.
Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control are continuing to investigate the incident.
(UPDATE: 01/19/17 12: 06 p.m.) – At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, officers with the Columbia Police Department attempted to stop a black sedan on North Oakland Gravel Road east of Alfalfa Drive in Columbia, MO.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, two females exited the vehicle, and a suspect fired one shot from inside. Two Columbia police officers discharged their firearms and a male suspect was found deceased inside the vehicle. Neither the officers nor anyone else was injured.
The male suspect has been identified as Troy Bateman, 35, from Marshall, MO. Bateman was being sought by law enforcement authorities regarding an active parole violation warrant for burglary.
Bateman was also wanted for questioning in reference to the assault on a law enforcement officer after exchanging gunfire with a Missouri state trooper in Saline County, MO, on January 13, 2017, and fleeing the scene.
The investigation is ongoing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.
MARSHALL, Mo. (Press Release)- On January 13, 2017, at 6:31 p.m., a trooper began pursuing a vehicle for traffic charges eastbound MO-20 at Route EE, in Saline County, Missouri.
The vehicle fled southbound on Route EE from MO-20 before crashing at the intersection of 160th Road and Route EE. At 6:37 p.m., the trooper advised shots were fired and gunfire was exchanged with the suspect.
The suspect then fled into a field. The suspect was not located at the scene and the trooper was not injured.
Further investigation revealed the suspect has been identified as Troy Bateman, 35, from Marshall, Mo., has an active parole violation warrant for burglary.
Bateman is also wanted for questioning in reference to the assault on law enforcement that took place regarding this incident. It is believed Bateman could be armed with a handgun.
If you make contact with the suspect, please use extreme caution. If you have any information, please contact Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A by phone at 816-622-0800.