Man accused of shooting at off-duty Columbia Police officer following car accident
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The Columbia Police Department have arrested a man accused of shooting an off-duty Columbia Police officer over the weekend.
Anthony Legette is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent felony, and drinking alcohol in public.
North Region officer Wilbert Jones Jr., was not injured during the incident. Jones Jr. has been with the department for two years.
The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Officer Jones was traveling in his personal vehicle when he reported being hit by a car at the intersection of Rosewood Drive and South Kilbourne Road.
The driver, who was later identified as 33-year-old Legette, allegedly left the scene of the collision.
While on the phone with 911 dispatchers and requesting law enforcement assistance, Jones followed the car in an attempt to note the vehicle's tag information.
As Legette stopped the vehicle near Rosewood Drive, Officer Jones got out of his vehicle and walked to Leggets car showing his credentials and identifying himself as a Columbia Police Officer.
Legette allegedly attempted to grab something in his waistline, causing Officer Jones to displace his city-issued service weapon and demand that Legette show his hands as a safety precaution.
At that time, Legette refused police commands and drove towards Walker Street. Jones followed him to an apartment complex on Wilmont Avenue where Legette was accused of brandishing a gun and shooting at Jones who was outside of the vehicle.
Legette then went inside of an apartment and refused to come out. Considering that the suspect was armed, the SWAT and CPD K-9 teams were called to the scene. They executed a search warrant and found Legette inside of the home and took him into custody.
Police Chief Skip Holbrook says, “We are very fortunate that this incident did not result in injury or worse. It should also be a reminder to us all that normal circumstances can change at a moment’s notice.”
Legette has a lengthy criminal history and remains at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention under a $250,000 bond.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the initial collision.