COLUMBIA — Columbia Police arrested seven people Monday night — two of them suspects in recent incidents of shots fired.
The arrests were made by the department's proactive patrol unit, according to a news release from police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer on Tuesday morning.
Not all arrests were connected to the shots-fired incidents discussed by Police Chief Ken Burton at a news conference Monday.
Burton held the news conference to publicize what he called an "unprecedented" number of shots-fired incidents in the city since the 1990s. There have been 11 verified instances of shots fired in the past 27 days, seven of which Burton said police think are connected.
Unlike reactive patrols, such as responses to 911 calls, proactive patrols apprehend suspects based on warrants for arrest or on traffic stops. The traffic stops led to arrests for more serious charges on Monday night, Stroer said.
The Police Department hopes the arrests will encourage people to step forward with information, Stroer said.
Malcolm Desean Redmon, 28, was arrested on a warrant for third-degree assault in connection with an assault prior to the gun battle near Boone Tavern on Feb. 11.
"He was in the area at the time of the shootings," Stroer said. "So he was obviously involved in the disturbance that happened prior to the shootings."
Redmon was released from the Boone County Jail on Monday night on a $25,000 bond.
Redmon has previously been arrested for resisting arrest, first-degree trespassing, failure to appear in court, possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia on two separate occasions. Redmon was apprehended on the street after officers on proactive patrols recognized him.
Channing Tyler Williams, 18, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in connection to the shooting at Banks and Worley on Friday. In that incident, Williams allegedly fired three rounds out of a vehicle, striking another vehicle at the intersection, according to the news release.
Williams was being held in the Boone County Jail on a $300,000 bond.
The others arrested in the proactive patrol Monday night were:
- Johnathan L. Mull, 23, for a municipal warrant for a dog at large. He was released on a $125 bond.
- Tyrone Nelson, 58, on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was being held in Boone County Jail on a $5,500 bond.
- Montez Marks-Oliver, 21, for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and felony receiving stolen property. He was released on a $5,000 bond.
- Jaquan Bailey, 22, for misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 35 grams. He was released on signature.
- Demetrius Ware, 27, for a municipal charge of walking in the street where a sidewalk is provided. He also was released on signature.