Columbia victim says shot own handgun at armed robber; suspect on the run

Columbia police investigate attempted robbery

Columbia victim says shot own handgun at armed robber suspect on the run

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia police said they are investigating an attempted armed robbery on Claudell Lane, which the victim says he prevented by pulling his own gun and shooting at the robber.

Police said they received calls of gunshots being heard around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 27-year-old male victim who had been approached by a black man at 1014 Claudell Lane.

The victim told police the robber pointed a handgun at him and demanded his belongings. The victim said he pulled out his own handgun and fired several shots at the robber.

Police said no one was reported injured but an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot was damaged by one bullet fired by the victim.

The victim described the robber as a black man wearing all black clothing with his face covered and armed with a handgun.

Police said if anyone has more information about the incident, contact the Columbia Police Department or call CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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