Staten arrested for March 7 shooting

By Nicole Cooke -


By Nicole Cooke


Editor’s Note: This story was updated to include a mugshot from Carlos Staten’s booking Wednesday night at the Pettis County Jail. The mugshot previously used was from a previous arrest, as the current photo was not available at press time.

The suspect in the March 7 shooting that injured one person in the 600 block of South Washington Avenue has been arrested.

According to a news release, Sedalia Police Department patrol officers and detectives executed a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 300 block of East Cooper Street in an attempt to locate Carlos Elie Staten, 28, of the residence, who had an active outstanding arrest warrant for the shooting of Elmer Jewel Miley Jr., 32, of the 300 block of East Cooper Street.

Staten had been issued a $250,000 bond for first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and unlawful use of concealable weapon. SPD was seeking the fourth charge because Staten is a known felon.

According to the release, upon entering the home Wednesday, officers were met by an aggressive animal at the door, which attempted to attack the officers. The officers attempted to make the animal retreat but after several attempts, the officers were forced to euthanize the animal.

Staten was then located and taken into custody without incident.

Carrie Galloway, who was present during the execution of the warrant, was also arrested and is at the Pettis County Jail on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of state charges for hindering prosecution and possession of drugs. Formal charges had not been filed by press time.

“(Staten) is known to associate with the other woman arrested; they have a child in common, which led us to believe he was possibly at that location,” said SPD Sgt. Kelley Casto, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. “We do know they have been in contact with each other. … She knew he had these warrants and we had been in contact with her, so she was arrested for hindering prosecution. Drugs were also found in her home, so she was also arrested for possession of drugs.”

Casto said in addition to the $250,000 bond warrant, the Probation and Parole Office had also issued a no-bond warrant for Staten.

At this point, the investigation is considered complete.

“(Staten) was the individual we believed to be involved, based on what we’ve been able to investigate so far,” Casto said. “The victim identified him as the person who shot him. He’s the only person involved as far as the shooting.”

SPD was “actively looking” for Staten as of March 9 after he was identified as the sole suspect by the victim and witness statements, Casto previously told the Democrat.

“The suspect in this shooting was supposed to be coming in to talk with us (March 9), then he ended up not coming in,” Casto said March 10. “He talked to us on the phone and said he would come in and speak with detectives. … He had been in contact with his probation and parole officer and she had advised him to come in and speak with (SPD) detectives. He called our detective and said he would be here shortly. We waited a significant amount of time for him, but he never showed up.”

According to a SPD news release, at 9:38 p.m. March 7, officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim in the 600 block of South Washington Avenue. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victim, Miley, who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds. Miley was transported to University Hospital in Columbia, where after several surgeries was in stable condition.

According to court documents, Miley sustained three gunshot wounds, one in the right forearm, one in the left shoulder and one in the abdomen. Detectives processing the scene found four .380 caliber shell casings in front of Miley’s apartment. Three bullets were also recovered and there was a blood trail leading from Elmer’s porch to the porch of another apartment Miley told officers he walked to after being shot.

A fourth bullet that did not strike Miley traveled through an open window, through the wall of an occupied apartment and into another occupied apartment. No injuries were reported by the residents.

Miley told officers Staten shot him “because (Staten) believed (Miley) had a black bag that he didn’t really have.”

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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