(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia Police Department Officers Cleared of Charges in 2023 Officer-Involved Shooting

On February 9, the Columbia Police Department (CPD) received a letter from Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Miller regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place on August 4, 2023. The incident resulted in the death of Marquis Rivera, a 22-year-old resident of Columbia.

In his letter to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Special Prosecutor Miller stated that no charges will be filed against the CPD officers involved in the shooting. This decision was made after an independent investigation conducted by the MSHP, as per CPD protocol for officer-involved shootings resulting in death. Miller was appointed as special prosecutor at the request of Boone County's prosecuting attorney.

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Columbia Police Chief Jill Schlude expressed her condolences to those affected by this tragic loss of life. She also urged the community to come together and support each other during this difficult time.

The letter from Prosecuting Attorney Miller is attached to this press release and can be found under case number 2023-007161. Previous press releases and community briefings regarding this incident can be accessed through the link provided by CPD.

The CPD is committed to transparency and following proper protocols in cases such as these. They will continue to work closely with all parties involved and provide updates as necessary.

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