Columbia police surround suspect’s home to execute search warrant

Posted at 9:45 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 14:23:55-05

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The manhunt for one of the state’s most wanted fugitives continues Tuesday after police surrounded the suspect’s home to execute a search warrant.

Columbia police said 47-year-old Jamal Gardner fired shots at police officers after assaulting his girlfriend over the weekend. He’s wanted for attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and aggravated domestic assault.

Officers executed a search warrant this morning at his home on West 2nd Street. The special weapons and tactics team made a “dynamic entry” into the home due to Gardner’s violent potential, police said.

He was not found in the residence. The scene is safe and secure.

Gardner has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

He’s accused of assaulting his girlfriend during an argument before leaving her home and using a rifle to shoot at an officer during a traffic stop on West 13th Street.

Police said he then went into his home, also on West 13th Street, and continued shooting as more officers arrived.

The reward for information leading to his arrest has been increased to $8,500. He’s considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.