The man shot by police in August has officially been criminally charged.

According to court documents, Roger Ricker Jr. has been charged with multiple felonies including unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. The officers involved in the shooting were previously cleared of wrongdoing by the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Holliday.

According to Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett, Ricker is in the process of being discharged from the hospital. Once that occurs, Puett said he’ll be transported to the Buchanan County Jail.

In issuing the warrant for Ricker’s arrest, Buchanan County Judge Rebecca Spencer denied any bond.

“The court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no non-monetary or monetary conditions of bail will secure the safety of the community,” Spencer said, according to court records.

Ricker was shot by multiple police officers after he allegedly brandished a weapon and drove towards investigators.

“Ricker did not comply. Instead, Ricker stood behind the driver’s side door of the truck, displayed and pointed an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle at the investigator,” Holliday said in a previous press release. “Miller then fired his weapon, a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle, at Ricker, which struck the truck. Ricker then entered and started the truck, fleeing from the partially open garage and headed in the direction of Investigator Miller, who fired again at Ricker. Miller fired three times at Ricker.”

In a probable cause statement, Buchanan County Drug Strike Force Captain Shawn Collie said Ricker is a danger to the community.

“Mr. Ricker has continued to engage in criminal activity to include operating a motor vehicle while revoked, drug activity, possessing firearms and as in this case ressist arrest by fleeing after point a firearm at law enforcement officers,” Colle said. “Putting not only law enforcement in danger but citizens of this community.”

Holliday said the officers who fired their weapons were Buchanan County Investigators Billy Miller and Erica Tate alongside St. Joseph Police Detective Aaron King.

Law enforcement was conducting surveillance on Ricker in “reference to three active felony arrest warrants,” Collie said.

Ricker was also a person of interest in a hit and run investigation. According to the probable cause statement, Ricker has 11 felony convictions. He’s also been arrested 27 times, with 15 arrests for failing to appear in court.

Missouri Department of Corrections records indicate Ricker is “out of custody” and might be facing a parole violation on top of the new felony charges.

Ricker had been hospitalized since the incident which occurred on August 6. At times he was listed in “critical” and “serious” condition. Ricker’s arraignment is currently set for 8:15 a.m. on Monday in front of Judge Spencer. It’s unknown whether he will appear in person or via video conference.

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