A Columbia security guard will not face charges for fatally shooting a man during a disturbance at the Vandiver Drive Columbia Waffle House two years ago.
The Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney released information Friday regarding his decision to not press charges. He says surveillance footage shows the man who was fatally shot, Anthony Warren, shoving the guard before he turned and fired his weapon.
The trouble that night started when Matthew McMillan and another man exchanged words in the restaurant. McMillan then pulled a gun and fired several shots, one striking and injuring the other man.
That’s when the guard approached McMillan and attempted to get the gun away. He says customers started surrounding him in a threatening manner, and that’s why he pulled his gun to protect himself.
Warren’s family has indicated they may now pursue charges against the security guard in civil court.
McMillan is currently serving 37 years for his part in the crime. Although his shot wasn’t fatal, he was taking part in a criminal act that triggered the fatal gunshot that killed Warren.