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Officers attacked, 4 arrested in gas station brawl

Columbia Police arrested four people involved in a large brawl Saturday morning at an Eagle Stop convenience store in Columbia.

According to a press release, the situation began around 1:46 at 1704 North Providence Road and I-70. Due to the amount of the individuals involved in the fight, Boone County deputies also responded to the call.

Upon arrival, CPD said law enforcement deployed their tasers on two men engaged in the altercation. The subjects and their associates removed the taser probes from their bodies.

Officers identified the two men as Spencer Ervin, 30, and Monterio Truss, 17.

After removing the probes, Ervin approached another person, waved his firearm and reportedly shot at the individual. Authorities detained him and while doing so, the disturbance supposedly escalated.

Several of the individuals proceed to attack officers, according to the release. Authorities deployed pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Police said the victim who had been shot at left the area and his injures were unknown at the time. No other individuals or officers were injured during the incident.

Ervin was arrested for felony unlawful use of a weapon and no bond has been set.


3 additional arrests included:

• Deshane Griffith, 26, of Columbia, was arrested around 2:00 a.m. at 1704 North Providence Road for peace disturbance and possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, both with releases on municipal summons.

• Shana Deshay McClain, 23, of Columbia was arrested around 2:00 a.m. at 1704 North Providence Road for misdemeanor trespassing in the 1st degree with a release on municipal summons.

• Monterio Truss, 17, of Columbia was arrested around 3:00 a.m. in the 400 block of North Keene Street for misdemeanor peace disturbance with a release on municipal summons.


The Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate this incident. CPD said additional arrests were possible.

If you have any information regarding the disturbance, police urge you to contact the Columbia Police department at (573) 874-7652, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.


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