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Man arrested on suspicion of assault

Sunday, August 26, 2007 | 11:49 p.m. CDT; updated 9:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

A man told police he was grazed by a bullet Sunday after his landlord shot a hole through a window at a northwest Columbia home.

Columbia police arrested 57-year-old Roger W. Brown on suspicion of second-degree assault and armed criminal action after, police say, he fired a gunshot through a window at his property at 3504 Westwind Drive, near I-70 Drive Northwest.

Neighbors said they didn’t hear any gunshots but did see the tenant — who residents knew as “James” but who police did not name — lying in a ditch across the street from his home. The victim told neighbors he had been shot.

Neighbors went outside after they heard police and ambulance sirens. They saw police units slowly make their way up the street with shields and guns. Police told the residents to re-enter their homes.

After arresting Brown and taking statements from the victim and another man, police said they searched the home and found the bullet hole.

The tenant, wearing hospital scrubs, appeared to have been grazed by a bullet on his upper right arm, but paramedics did not take him to the hospital.

A neighbor said that the tenant has lived in the house since February but that last week, Brown told him that he had until Sunday to move out. Brown told neighbors that the tenant had not been paying his rent.

Gloria Stewart, a Westwind Drive resident, said that up until a few years ago, her street “used to be a pretty quiet neighborhood.”

Residents said that police had already been to Westwind Drive earlier in the day and another time this past week.

In March, Carlos Kelly was beaten to death after an attempted robbery in his home just a few blocks away on Cynthia Drive.

As of Sunday night, Brown’s bond had not been set.


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