There were no injuries Tuesday when a Boonville man was accused of shooting at a van he thought was involved in criminal activity on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County.
Chad M. Kennedy, 28, of Boonville allegedly shot the van from his vehicle while both were traveling eastbound on the interstate. The van was disabled in the median, according to a probable cause statement.
Sgt. Darrin Haslag with the highway patrol wrote in the statement that Kennedy said he could not allow the van to leave the state, suspecting it was involved in drug crimes.
There is no connection between Kennedy and the occupants of the van, Troop F Spokesperson Scott White wrote in an email.
Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the call at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 175-mile marker.
Kennedy was charged with three counts of felony first-degree assault, felony unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.
Witnesses reported that after the shooting, Kennedy took the nearest exit and turned back westbound, according to the probable cause.
Kennedy is alleged to have pulled up next to van, displayed a rifle to have the van pull over and when the van did not, fired multiple shots at the van.
After the van was disabled in the median, two tractor-trailers stopped to shield the van from additional gunfire, according to the probable cause.
Troopers stopped Kennedy at the Interstate 70/U.S. Highway 63 interchange in Columbia. A search of the vehicle found a rife and a pistol with additional magazines. Troopers also found spent cartridge casings and other evidence a gun was fired from inside the vehicle, according to the probable cause.
A search of the van found six damage points, with two that flattened the rear tires.