A Jefferson City man is charged with a federal firearms violation in connection with a drug raid on his home Monday afternoon.
Ardaris Webb Cheatham is accused of illegally possessing a loaded pistol. He allegedly fired a gunshot but missed Jefferson City SWAT officers as they entered his home at 1001 Poplar St. to serve a narcotics-related search warrant.
After firing the shot, Cheatham fled to the home's basement, dropped the gun and attempted to escape through the back door, where officers quickly took him into custody, police report. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Police say the search turned up approximately 27 pounds of marijuana hidden in various locations within the residence, and a methamphetamine pipe with residue.
Cheatham has a 2006 felony drug conviction in Kentucky, according to a probable cause statement filed in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City by a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent investigating the case.
The ATF agent stated in court papers he observed the dropped gun was a Beretta pistol which appeared to match the firearm he had seen in a picture posted on Cheatham's Facebook profile, and a round of ammunition for the gun was recovered in a bedroom next to Cheatham's identification.
Cheatham is in federal custody as investigation of the case continues.
A suspect is accused of shooting at police officers as they raided a Jefferson City residence on Monday afternoon.
Serving a narcotics-related search warrant for the Mustang drug task force, Jefferson City SWAT officers entered the home in the 1000 block of Poplar Street shortly after 12:45 p.m. Once inside, the suspect allegedly fired his gun at officers, barely missing them.
The suspect then fled to the basement, dropped his gun and attempted to escape through the back door, where officers quickly took him into custody, police report. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Detectives continue the investigation. The suspect was taken to the Cole County Jail where he faces possible federal weapons and narcotics charges.