Man arrested on suspicion of assault

Monday, September 17, 2007 | 10:20 a.m. CDT; updated 5:31 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, illegal possession of a concealable firearm, resisting arrest and third-degree domestic assault, according to a news release by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department said Wayman L. Johnson, 66, was arrested in connection with a physical domestic assault Sunday night.

Maj. Tom Reddin said a live-in girlfriend called police at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday about a physical domestic assault involving a weapon in the 6800 block of Highway VV. The department said the girlfriend was located running on Highway VV as they were en route to the location. While interviewing her, the department saw Johnson leaving the scene. Reddin said Johnson threw a small black duffel bag out the window of the vehicle as deputies pursued him.

Deputies recovered the bag and found two loaded handguns in it.

Johnson posted a bond of $20,000 with the Boone County Jail this morning, according to Cpl. Kenton Lewis.

In January 1994, Johnson was arrested on suspicion of two weapons offenses, two drug offenses, a tinted window violation, possession of a gambling device and driving with a suspended license.

Johnson was also convicted of manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon in Pettis County in 1983.

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