Search continues for Columbia shooting suspect added to Most Wanted list

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The search continues Tuesday for the man accused of shooting “multiple rounds for several minutes” at Columbia police officers Saturday.

Tuesday morning, SWAT officers were seen surrounding the home of Jamal Gardner, 47, on West 2nd Street near High Street. 

Columbia police reported the response to the home was part of an execution a search warrant.

“Given the violent potential of Gardner, the Columia special weapons and tactics team executed a dynamic entry into the residence. Jamal Gardner was not located inside of the residence and the scene is currently safe and secure.”

SWAT Team surrounds fugitive's home

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added Gardner to the statewide Top Ten Most Wanted list.  

On Monday, the Columbia Police Department released body cam footage of shots being fired at an officer.

Gardner is wanted for attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated domestic assault. 

Lt. Jeremy Haywood said, “The night of the incident he was on foot when he left the house, but at this point, we certainly believe he has access to other vehicles. We have no possible sightings and no info at this time about current whereabouts. Very few leads have been provided, so anyone with information we certainly would like for them to contact us.”

Gardner has a “distinct look”. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 290 lbs and has a tattoo of the letter ‘M’ on his neck. 

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

He 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 say Gardner should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who spots him should contact 911 or call 1-800-TBI-FIND immediately. 

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