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Suspect arrested in connection with fatal New Year's Day Waffle House shooting

February 12, 2018



A suspect in the New Year’s Day double shooting at the Waffle House on Vandiver Drive has been arrested.


Matthew Callier McMillan, 29, was arrested Saturday in Kansas City by the Kansas City Police Department, according to a Columbia Police Department statement. According to a warrant, he is charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree assault.


The shooting, which occurred shortly before 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, resulted in the death of Anthony Desean Warren, 30, and injured an unidentified 26-year-old victim.


The Columbia Police Department announced the issuance of a warrant for McMillan’s arrest and noted that he was “considered armed and dangerous,” according to a Jan. 10 news release. His bond was set at $1 million before he was taken into custody.


Jaylon Darnell Freelon, 20, was arrested by the Columbia Police Department on Jan. 5 in connection with the shooting for allegedly tampering with evidence. According to a department news release, Freelon removed a gun from the crime scene before officers arrived. His bond was set at $100,000.


A Jan. 5 Boone County court document states that a Waffle House security guard fired the bullet that killed Warren. According to Columbia Police Department detective Steven Wilmoth's probable cause statement, the guard arrived to break up an altercation between McMillan and the unidentified 26-year-old victim. The guard then fired his gun at Warren because he "felt threatened." The guard has not been charged with a crime.


The Columbia Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit was put in charge of investigating the incident. The department could not be reached for comment. 


Click here for the full story from the Columbia Missourian.

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