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UPDATE: Man taken into custody after disturbance on Bethel Street

Monday, September 20, 2010 | 4:38 p.m. CDT; updated 5:19 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 20, 2010

COLUMBIA — One man has been arrested in connection with a disturbance that happened around 1 p.m. Monday on Bethel Street near the Center for Responsive Education, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

A 26-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were reportedly fighting over a woman, according to the news release. 

Only one of the men was armed, according to an earlier news release from the department.

According to an earlier release, the school's resource officer was contacted by a man who had been in a disturbance nearby with another man. The man claimed the younger man had a gun, so the officer called for assistance, according to the news release. The resource officer detained both men in the parking lot and other police officers responded to the scene.

The 31-year-old man went to the school because he saw the police car belonging to the school resource officer, according to the news release.

Benjamin Adamson, 26, of Columbia, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and third-degree assault, according to the latest news release.

The incident is not related to the Center for Responsive Education, the earlier release stated. A text message alert from the Columbia Public Schools said that the school was locked down, but all the students were safe.

The school is at 4600 Bethel St.

The incident is under investigation.


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