Columbia police searching for dangerous suspect who shot at an officer

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 Authorities are searching for a man suspected of shooting “multiple rounds for several minutes” at officers Saturday night in Columbia.

Columbia police said 47-year-old Jamal Jamel Garder was wanted for attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated domestic assault. 

Gardner is 6’5″ tall and weighs about 290 lbs.

Police said Gardner lives on West 2nd Street in Columbia and is currently on probation for drug offenses.  

Gardner is accused of assaulting his girlfriend Saturday night during an argument, leaving the home, then being stopped by an officer in the driveway of a home he owns on West 13th Street.

As the officer got out of his vehicle, police said Gardner fired multiple rounds at the officer from a rifle, then retreated inside the home.

The officer was not injured, but a bullet did hit his cruiser, police said.

Investigators said Gardner continued firing shots from inside the home at responding officers, using multiple firearms over a length of time.

Police surrounded the home for hours but believe Gardner was able to flee beforehand.

Authorities urge the community that Gardner should be considred armed and dangerous and to contact 911 immediately if he is spotted.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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