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UPDATE: Man charged in Columbia gunfire incident arrested Thursday night

Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 4:11 p.m. CST; updated 8:43 a.m. CST, Friday, January 3, 2014

*This story has been updated to include details about the arrest of Limetro Wiltz Thursday night.

COLUMBIA — Charges were filed Thursday against a man police believe was involved in a shots-fired incident Dec. 3. He was later arrested Thursday after police received an anonymous tip on his whereabouts.

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Limetro A. Wiltz, 21, who was charged Thursday for first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

After receiving the anonymous tip, police located and arrested Wiltz without incident around 9:40 p.m. Thursday at 214 West Worley Street, according to a release from Sgt. Joe Bernhard Friday.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:32 p.m. Dec. 3 at the 200 block of Switzler Street, near Douglas Park in north-central Columbia. There were no injuries or property damage.

Investigators filed a warrant for Wiltz on Dec. 30 after finding evidence that he might have been involved in the incident, said Sgt. Joe Bernhard of the Columbia Police Department.

According to the probable-cause statement, four subjects were driving in a car when they heard Wiltz yell “what’s up,” followed by a gunshot. Because no other people were around, one of the subjects believed the shooter to be Wiltz.

Another subject later positively identified Wiltz from security camera footage taken at Frederick Douglass High School before the gunfire.

The incident is believed to be part of a feud between two groups, which have been responsible for five recent shootings, including one on Christmas Eve, according to court documents.

Wiltz was convicted of armed robbery in 2010 in Wisconsin, where he also has a parole violation warrant.

Wiltz was being held at the Boone County Jail Friday morning and bond was set at $300,000.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.


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