Columbia Arrest Made in Disturbance With Shots Fired

Posted: Mar 29, 2013 9:16 AM by Cody Lee Heyveld
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 10:32 AM

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COLUMBIA — Officers dispatched to Quail Drive in reference to a disturbance between two males Thursday evening. Prior to officers' arrival to the scene, Joint Communications advised two shots were fired.

A press release from the Columbia Police Department stated that the suspect fled the scene on foot heading eastbound towards Highway 63. Officers set up a perimeter and a K-9 was called in for a track on the suspect.

During the K-9 track, an anonymous person saw the suspect crossing Highway 63, north of Home Depot.

After a short foot pursuit the suspect, officials took James O. Johnson, 45, into custody for assault in the first degree with a to-be-set bond, armed criminal action, possession of stolen firearm and felon in possession of firearm.

The release stated that officers working the scene of the disturbance were given consent to search the apartment by the suspect's girlfriend to look for weapons.

On the kitchen floor in plain view officers located a .22 pistol along with two other loaded weapons inside the residence. Officers said that the pistol used in the shooting was located in a neighboring building were witnesses described seeing the suspects girlfriend take a coat to that building.

According to the release, the pistol used in the shooting was found to be stolen out of Colorado. Brittany J. Thurston, 26, was taken into custody for tampering with physical evidence.

The police department stated there was no one injured or property damaged during the incident.

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