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Columbia PD faced night of mayhem - arrest two suspects

Two are in Adair County Regional Jail facing numerous allegations after Columbia Police answer call that shots had been fired at large party on Tutt Street. One man arrested at scene. Second fled, stole police cruiser, which was wrecked one mile away, striking utility pole but was caught on Heartland Circle almost one hour later. Eight officers, including Chief Jason Cross, from CPD, Adair County Sheriff's Office and Adair County Constabulary, involved in operation.
Note: Charges/allegations are not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by law enforcement is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

By Josh Brockman Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department, Chief, Jason Cross

Columbia Police arrest 2 after responding to large party that resulted in shots being fired and police cruiser being stolen and wrecked.

At 1:01amCT this morning Adair County 911 received a report of a large party that an altercation had broke out at located in the 200 block of Tutt street in the limits of Columbia.

CPD officers were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival as officers were exiting their vehicle, they were notified that shots had been fired and officers heard at least one shot.

One suspect arrested at scene of party, altercation

Officers ran to the back yard to investigate, and as a result, 36-year-old James Haywood of Columbia, KY, was arrested on charges of wanton endangerment 1st degree, and public intoxication with additional charges forthcoming.

During the time the officers had scrambled to the back of the residence due to there being a possible active shooter.

CPD Officer's Police Cruiser stolen, flees at high speed, wrecks, flees on foot

Another male had made his way around the house and jumped into Ofc Drew Conn's assigned patrol car, activated the emergency equipment and fled the scene in the stolen cruiser.

The suspect wrecked the cruiser approximately one mile from the scene when he lost control of vehicle at a high speed in a curve on Bomar Heights and struck a utility pole at the intersection of Allen Street and fled on foot.

As a result five additional officers were called out to assist the two officers already on scene in dispersing the party and searching for the suspect.

Search for fugitive leads to Heartland Circle where 2nd suspect arrested.

At 02:47am officers investigations led them to Heartland Circle just outside the limits of Columbia to a possible location of a suspect in the theft of the police cruiser.

At 03:42amCT CPD Officers took 20 year old Lova (not Diorian) Johnson into custody on charges of: Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto over 10,000 dollars, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Theft of a Firearm and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Additional charges will be pending .

Both Haywood and Johnson were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Ofc. Drew Conn and John Dial are continuing the investigation. Conn and Dial were assisted by Chief Jason Cross, Sgt Jr Murphy, Ofc. Josh Brockman, Ofc Jordan Dean, Deputy Josh Durbin and Constable Jason Rector.

This story was posted on 2017-08-26 07:14:58
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