John Kenneth Cosey Jr. was arraigned Monday afternoon for a single charge of unlawful use of a weapon after police said he admitted to firing a gun following the funeral of Ahmonta Harris.

Cosey, 18, reportedly fired at least seven shots outside Christian Fellowship Church around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the probable cause statement.

The church was filled for the funeral of Harris, a member of the Columbia community who was shot and killed in late November.

An altercation between Cosey and an unknown person occurred after the funeral ended, according to the probable cause statement. The subject punched Cosey, according to the statement, resulting in physical assault between the two. Cosey pulled a firearm from his waistband, and he told investigators he fired off seven shots “in the direction” of the subject, according to the statement.

During Monday’s arraignment, Cosey’s family said they were seeking a private attorney. His next hearing is 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in front of Division IX Circuit Judge Michael Bradley.

At the time of his arraignment, Cosey was being held without bond in the Boone County Jail because he “poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk,” according to Division XI Circuit Judge Joshua Devine.

Cosey’s charge is a Class E felony; he faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

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