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Arrest made at location of Halloween night shooting

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 5:27 p.m. CST; updated 5:35 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — A man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with three felonies at a Halloween night shooting.

Lonnie Avant, 41, of Columbia was charged with receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and distribution of a controlled substance at a home at 4380 Southview Drive, a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release said.

The residence was the location of a shooting on Oct. 31 when multiple shots were fired through the window, the release said. No one was injured.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the residence at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday. From the search, police found a shotgun allegedly received from a drug trade, a stolen motor scooter, a small amount of cocaine and evidence of marijuana distribution.

Officers obtained a warrant to search Avant's home in an investigation into criminal activity, including drug sales, taking place at the residence. The Sheriff's Department believes that criminal activity was a contributing factor in the October shooting, the release said.

Major Tom Reddin said a swat team was used for the execution of the search warrant. 

"There are number of factors that determine whether a swat team should be used," Reddin said. "The history of the people involved and the events that have occurred in the area are taken into consideration. This was the site of a shooting, so it certainly qualified as high-risk."

Avant was being held in Boone County Jail as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.


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