October 3, 2008
A Sedalia man suspected of shooting at a woman in a car and threatening a police officer was in Pettis County Jail on Thursday evening.
Anthony Cason, 30, of the 900 block of West 10th Street, was charged with third-degree assault on a law officer. Officers were requesting more charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
He remained in jail on a $1,500 bond on the assault on a law officer charge, and a 24-hour hold on the other charges.
Jennifer Reyburn, 25, went to the Sedalia Police Department about 12:30 a.m. Thursday and told police that Cason shot at her, according to a probable cause statement written by Patrolman Joseph McCullough. Officers said Reyburn is the sister of Cason’s ex-girlfriend.
Reyburn said three shots were fired at the car while she was driving near West Third Street and South Grand Avenue. A bullet hit the car’s rear driver’s side door.
A fourth shot was fired at the car while it was at West Second Street and South Missouri Avenue.
McCullough found and stopped the car in which Cason was a passenger. He found bullets in the car, but no gun. Officers said they believe the gun was discarded in the half hour between the shootings and the arrest.
A .22-caliber handgun was used in the shootings, officers said.
The driver of the car, Larissa N. Hartley, 18, was arrested on city charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
McCullough initially arrested Cason on an outstanding warrant from Benton County.
While McCullough was collecting evidence from the car, Cason yelled obscenities and stated, “I did not know who I was messing with,” the officer wrote in his statement.
McCullough also reported that Cason said “he can’t wait to catch me hanging from my porch in my underwear with my guts hanging out.
“He then made the comment that he is going to send me there. I asked him what he meant by that,” McCullough wrote.
“He just said that he was going to send me there. I interpreted this to mean that he was going to kill me.”
At the jail, Cason said he wanted to hurt McCullough and his family, according to court documents.
Officers continued their investigation into the shooting throughout Thursday, and decided to request the additional charges.