Columbia Police arrested two individuals after responding to a large party that resulted in shots being fired and a police cruiser being stolen and wrecked.
At 1:00 a.m. this morning (Saturday), it was reported to Adair County 911 that an altercation had occurred at the party on Tutt Street in the limits of Columbia. Columbia Police Dept. 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. Officers ran to the backyard to investigate and as a result, 36-year-old James Haywood of Columbia was arrested on charges of Wanton Endangerment 1 st degree and Public Intoxication. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
During the time officers had scrambled to the back of the residence due to a possible active shooter, 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 1 mile from the scene when he lost control of the vehicle at a high rate of 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.
At 2:47 a.m. this (Saturday) morning, an investigation led police to Heartland Circle, just outside the limits of Columbia, to the possible location of a suspect in the theft of the police cruiser. At 3:42 a.m. CPD Officers took 20-year-old Lova Johnson into custody on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking (an auto) over $10,000, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Theft of a Firearm and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Additional charges are pending.
Both Haywood and Johnson were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail. Officers Drew Conn and John Dial are continuing the investigation. They were assisted by Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross, Sgt. Jr Murphy, Ofc. Josh Brockman, Ofc. Jordan Dean, Deputy Josh Durbin and Constable Jason Rector.