Suspect in two shootings arrested after tips to police

Thursday, April 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:56 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

A man recently featured on Columbia’s most-wanted list was arrested without incident Wednesday.

Koda A. Coats, 18, was the third suspect arrested in connection with two related shootings April 6.

Coats was arrested on two separate warrants, according to a release from Columbia police Sgt. John White. The first was for an outstanding felony probation and parole violation. The original convictions were for unlawful use of a weapon and drug trafficking. The second felony warrant issued Monday was connected with the April 6 shootings. It was for two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Police received a call to CrimeStoppers around 4:20 p.m. indicating that Coats was hiding at a house on Arlene Drive. They arrested him shortly afterward.

Police said they are not sure how long he was hiding there. Police said Coats was the final suspect in the shootings.

“We’d received numerous calls from CrimeStoppers and other concerned citizens that he had been at several residences,” White said.

Coats is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Last week’s shootings occurred near two day care centers and an elementary school in central Columbia. Police said no children were targeted or injured during the shootings.

Bryon E. Anderson, 19, and Michael J. Walker, 20, were also arrested April 7 and Friday in connection with the shootings.

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