Mo. shooting suspect a jail break 'poster child'

May 13, 2011 - 3:58 AM
Campus Gunman-Missouri

This photo provided May 12, 2011, by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Cody N. Willcoxson in 2007. Rolla, Mo., Police Chief Mark Kearse identified Willcoxson as the man who tried breaking into a Missouri Army base and later fired on police during a high-speed chase. He was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — The last time he ran from the law, Cody Nathaniel Willcoxson led a nine-inmate jail break in Oklahoma.

A decade later, his latest legal run-in ended without violence. But only after a four-hour, 40-mile manhunt Thursday that included an interstate shootout, the shutdown of a Missouri college where he crashed his car and a failed effort to break into a military base.

The 31-year-old was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and armed criminal action. He's being held on $1 million bond.

It's unclear why Willcoxson tried sneaking on to Fort Leonard Wood, where he drove through a security gate. He was chased onto an interstate where authorities say he appeared to be shooting an AK-47 through the window.

Willcoxson had been released from an Oklahoma prison in 2008.