Two Local Men Have Been Accused of Shooting at Local Officer

On Friday, January 1st, 2021, at approximately 0001 hours, Cape Girardeau police officers were patrolling several residential areas in response to reports of gun shots actively being fired. While patrolling the 3000 block of Mimosa, a Cape Girardeau police officer heard multiple gun shots originating from a nearby parking lot. This officer then observed two adult males in the parking lot who had handguns in their hands and their arms extended in the direction of his patrol vehicle. This Cape Girardeau police officer then observed muzzle flashes from the barrel and it appeared evident that the two men were firing gun shots at his patrol vehicle. The Cape Girardeau police officer exited his patrol vehicle in a safe position with his department issued handgun drawn from its holster and he ordered both suspects to drop their weapons at gun point. The two suspects refused to comply and ran into their apartment with their firearms. Cape Girardeau Police Officers quickly established a perimeter around the residence in an effort to keep this threat to the public safely contained. Police officers then began to negotiate with the suspects to peacefully exit the apartment but the two men refused to comply. After approximately ninety minutes of negotiations, both suspects exited the residence and surrendered themselves into police custody. These suspects were then positively identified as Darius J Ballentine, who is a 30 year-old male from Cape Girardeau, and Deontay M Holloman, who is a 26 year-old male from Cape Girardeau. After taking these suspects into custody and receiving a search warrant for the residence, officers then entered the property and secured evidence from this assault inside the home. The suspects were then transported to the Cape Girardeau Police Department where they were booked without incident. A warrant was issued on Ballentine for 1st Degree Assault (felony), Armed Criminal Action (felony), discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle (felony) and for being a felon in possession of a firearm (felony.) A second warrant was issued on Deontay M Holloman for 1st Degree Assault (felony), Armed Criminal Action (felony) and discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle (felony.)

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