Columbia Police responded to a report of a disturbance Friday, Dec. 13 at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Northland Drive.
Officers located evidence of a shooting, which led them to two victims and several witnesses. The two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries; one adult female was assaulted and one adult male was struck by a bullet fragment in the leg.
The victims identified the suspect as George Jonathan Vanwart, 37, of Columbia. He was arrested for first-degree domestic violence, first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Vanwart has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.
Numerous agencies assisted with the search and apprehension of Vanwart, who had fled into a wooded area prior to officers arrival.
Columbia Police would like to give their deepest thanks to Boone County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD), University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD), Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Boone County Fire Protection District (BCFPD) as well as Boone County Joint Communications (BCJC).
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
Case number 2019-013168
*It should be noted that there is no booking photo to attach at the time this press release was published.