COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia man died after he was shot by police officers when he drew a gun during a confrontation, Police Chief Geoff Jones said.
James Sears III, 38, died after the shooting at a Petro-Mart gas station, Jones said.
Sears was being investigated for narcotics distribution and had an outstanding warrant for felony probation violation, police said in a news release.
An early review of video from the scene showed Sears draw a weapon, police said. Two officers from the department’s street crimes unit fired after Sears ignored verbal commands, Jones said.
Sears was pronounced dead at a hospital after the shooting.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Columbia police internal affairs division will conduct separate investigations of the shooting.