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Man charged with shooting at Jefferson City police

The house the alleged firing incident took place. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Federal authorities announced a Jefferson City man was charged Tuesday after he was accused of firing a shot at police in the 1000 block of Poplar Street.

Ardaris Webb Cheatham was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court. Cheatham remained in federal custody.

Cheatham was accused of firing a shot toward Jefferson City police Monday afternoon during a "high risk narcotics-related search warrant." Cheatham attempted to escape by exiting the basement, but was apprehended by other officers who were stationed outside, a release stated.

The federal complaint made available Tuesday stated Cheatham was in possession of a loaded Beretta .40-caliber pistol Monday.

Officers found approximately 27 pounds of marijuana hidden in various locations within Cheatham’s residence, the release stated. A methamphetamine pipe with residue was also found in a bedroom.

A witness later told investigators that she purchased the firearm two years ago. She said Cheatham had fired the gun in the past, and sometimes handled the firearm in the residence.

This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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