NC man sentenced to 8 years for standoff at Columbia Place Mall

NC man sentenced to 8 years for standoff at Columbia Place Mall

(WIS) - A North Carolina man has been sentenced for his involvement in a shooting at Columbia Place Mall in 2017.

James Jacob Parrish, Jr., 36, of Fayetteville, NC, was sentenced in federal court to eight years in prison with three years of supervised release to follow, according to United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.

Parrish pled guilty last November to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to an alarm and shots fired call at Columbia Place Mall on Two Notch Road on Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

The mall was closed at the time. Deputies located a vehicle registered to Parrish parked in the median of the mall parking lot with a flat front tire and noticed bullet holes in the glass door of the Sears Automotive Department.

Spent .9mm shell casings were found lying on the sidewalk and deputies noticed an interior glass door had been shot.

RCSD Special Response Team responded to the scene and ultimately located Parrish barricaded inside an interior room. SRT tried to negotiate with Parrish to surrender peacefully and during the negotiations, Parrish made threats to shoot the officers.

After unsuccessful negotiations, SRT made entry into the room and encountered Parrish pointing a loaded Kahr 9mm handgun at them. SRT was able to safely apprehend Parrish and placed him under arrest. Parrish was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment for a foot injury he sustained when he fell through a ceiling while trying to escape detection.

While at the hospital, Parrish attempted to take a handgun from a deputy on two separate occasions.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF") and the RCSD and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

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