Sedalia police searching for Monday’s shooting suspect

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

Carlos Staten

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Carlos Staten Staten

Sedalia Police Department detectives are searching for a suspect in Monday night’s shooting that injured one person.

SPD is “actively looking” for Carlos Elie Staten, 28, of Kansas City, and an arrest warrant has been issued with a $250,000 bond, cash or surety. SPD Detective Kelley Casto said Staten’s address is listed in Kansas City, but he has ties to Sedalia and has “been known to be around the Sedalia area quite often.” Casto said Staten is considered a suspect in Monday’s shooting of Elmer Jewel Miley Jr., 32, of the 300 block of East Cooper Street, based on witness statements.

“The suspect in this shooting was supposed to be coming in to talk with us (Wednesday) night, then he ended up not coming in,” Casto said. “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. Monday 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, who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds. Miley was transported to University Hospital in Columbia, where he is now 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.”

Contact was made with several people in the area who heard the gunshots but did not see the shooting itself.

Casto said SPD is seeking charges against Staten of first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and unlawful use of concealable weapon. They are seeking the fourth charge because Staten is a known felon.

Casto said the public should consider Staten to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information regarding this shooting incident is encouraged to call SPD detectives at 660-826-8100.

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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