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Man Killed in Police Officer-Involved Shooting in MU Parking Garage

Updated 11:42 a.m.:

Christian Basi, the associate director of MU’s News Bureau, says that he is aware of concerns regarding the timing of MU’s Alert system Wednesday night following the shooting at Hitt Street Garage and is working to provide answers. While multiple witnesses said via social media they heard shots fired at Hitt Street Garage just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, the first MU Alert was not sent until 11:28 p.m. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tweeted Thursday morning saying that MU is investigating the process of issuing alerts and will report the results. Basi declined further comment. 

Updated 11:10 a.m.:

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has officially taken over the ongoing investigation into the death of a man in Hitt Street Garage early Thursday morning.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Hunter says an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning. The identity of the suspect will not be released until the autopsy results have been determined. 


An MUPD officer sustained a finger injury and was taken to the hospital earlier this morning following the shooting. He has since been released.

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Authorities say an armed man was fatally shot inside a University of Missouri parking garage following a confrontation with police. 

Columbia and university police say a MUPD officer found the man late Wednesday on the second floor of Hitt Street garage and that shots were fired following an altercation between the two. A Columbia police officer arrived, and more shots were fired.

An MUPD press release last night said one of the officers killed the suspect. Both officers are on paid administrative leave while an investigation continues. 

  Columbia police say a fingerprint scan will confirm the identity of the deceased, who they believe is the same man police were searching for earlier in the day. About an hour and a half before the shooting police had asked the public for help to locate 51-year-old Mark Adair, who was suspected of hiding in a woman's vehicle and pointing a gun at her earlier in the day in the parking lot of Moser’s Supermarket on Keene Street.

According to police Adair had a warrant for his arrest for absconding parole and was a registered sex offender.

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Ryan served as the KBIA News Director from February 2011 to September 2023