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Police arrest suspect following Quail Drive shooting

Friday, March 29, 2013 | 2:28 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — No one was injured and no property was damaged in a shots fired incident on the 2600 block of Quail Drive on Thursday night.

It is the third time this year that police have handled shots fired incidents on the same block.

Officers responded to a disturbance between two men where two shots were fired and one man fled the scene on foot. Officers set up a perimeter and called in a K-9 unit to track the suspect, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

After a short foot chase, officers arrested James O. Johnson on suspicion of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of a firearm, the release said. His bail is set at $250,000.

According to the release, officers were given consent by Johnson's girlfriend, Brittany J. Thurston, to search a nearby apartment for weapons. Inside the apartment, officers found a .22-caliber pistol and two other loaded weapons.

The pistol used in Thursday night's shooting was located in a different building, where witnesses reported seeing Thurston take a coat, the release said. Thurston was taken into custody for tampering with physical evidence and her bail is set at $4,500.

Last fall, some residents discussed Quail Drive's history of similar incidents with the Missourian, and many expressed concern for the neighborhood's safety.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.


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