City of Columbia Missouri Police Department Police Department

600 E. Walnut Street
Columbia, MO 65201


January 14, 2020

CONTACT: Brittany Hilderbrand
Community Relations Specialist/Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
City of Columbia

Tammy Miller
Marketing Specialist
Community Relations/Parks and Recreation
City of Columbia

CORRECTION: Columbia Police respond to a report of a disturbance at the ARC on Jan. 5

(COLUMBIA, MO) - Updated information: It has been brought to our attention that the suspect’s full legal name is Kentrell Minton Jr.

Correction: Kentrell Minton, 19, of Columbia was not arrested, he is listed as a suspect.

On Sunday, Jan. 5, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Columbia Police responded to a disturbance at the City-owned Activity & Recreation Center (ARC), 1701 W. Ash. Upon arrival at the ARC, officers learned there was a verbal altercation between two people and a gun was allegedly brandished at another patron. 

The alleged victim reported the weapon to ARC staff, which enabled a supervisor to take possession of the bag containing the firearm, restrain the suspect from leaving the premises and notify the proper authorities.  

The handgun was never discharged and no injuries occurred to staff or ARC patrons. Safety of patrons at the ARC is a number one priority. Video monitoring and staff training occur routinely to reinforce a culture of safety at all City facilities.

The suspect was identified as Kentrell Minton, 19, of Columbia, and has been indefinitely suspended from all Parks, Trails and Recreational facilities. Charges will be filed for violating the ordinance prohibiting firearms inside city facilities (ordinance 16-247- firearms in city buildings).

This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Case number 2020-000141

Previous Press Release(s):

Columbia Police Arrest ARC patron for violating concealed weapon ordinance

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