Columbia Police Arrest Suspect After Foot Chase

Posted: Mar 28, 2013 10:55 PM by KOMU 8 Staff
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 11:56 PM

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have a man in custody after a shots fired incident Thursday evening on Quail Drive.

Police said 45-year-old James O. Johnson fled the scene after two shots were fired, and police called in a K9 to track the suspect.

Police said they spotted Johnson crossing US 63 near Home Depot and made an arrest after a short foot pursuit. Police said Johnson was taken into custody for first degree assault, armed criminal action, possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

Police also arrested Johnson's girlfriend, 26-year-old Brittany J. Thurston, for tampering with physical evidence. Police said witnesses described seeing a woman take a coat to a neighboring building. Police said the pistol used in the shooting was located in that building.

No injuries or property damage resulted from the incident.

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