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Boone County SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams dispatched to domestic disturbance

Monday, July 30, 2012 | 11:39 a.m. CDT; updated 10:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Boone County SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams were dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm Sunday afternoon.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department responded shortly after 4 p.m. to a call from a female victim. On the 11000 block of Old Highway 63, deputies found a man and a woman outside of a residence. 

The man, Chester Brown, 53, of Columbia, had allegedly assaulted the woman — his wife — cutting her with a knife and firing two bullets at her. Neither bullet hit its target.

When deputies arrived, Brown barricaded himself inside his home while his wife was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to a news release, the Sheriff's Department deployed the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation teams after Brown refused to open the door.

Maj. Tom Reddin of the department said that until Sunday, the SWAT team had only been called upon to carry out search warrants in 2012.

A member of the Crisis Negotiation Team was able to make contact with Brown via telephone between 5 and 6 p.m. Reddin said several calls were made before Brown finally surrendered and was taken into custody on charges of first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action just before 9 p.m.

The release said Brown was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a laceration, released and then transported to Boone County Jail.

As of Monday morning, bond has not been set. Reddin said it likely won't be set until Brown's arraignment, which has not been scheduled.

If charged, Brown could face anywhere from five to 15 years in prison.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.


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