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Documents: Man held crowd at bay with gun during Columbia killing

Robert Junior Johnson
Columbia Police Department
Robert Junior Johnson


A man arrested last week held a crowd at bay while a man he was with fired the fatal shot during a May 25 killing on Quail Drive, according to police.

Boone County prosecutors charged Robert Junior Johnson, 49, with accessory to first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon on Friday. Johnson is accused of taking part in the killing of Rod Jamal Jones, 36, of Columbia in the 2700 block of Quail Drive.

Jones died after being taken off life support two days after the shooting.

Investigators say they found residential surveillance video that showed what happened during the shooting.

Police say in a probable cause statement that Johnson and Bobby Dawson, 38, drove up in a black Cadillac Escalade and got out with guns. Police alleged Dawson pistol-whipped Jones before Jones ran behind the building.

Bobby Dawson
Bobby Dawson

Dawson followed Jones behind the building with his gun drawn and witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot, according to a probable cause statement.

Police allege Johnson had his gun pointed at bystanders as if to prevent the crowd from intervening while Dawson chased Jones. Witnesses told police that Johnson told them to stay back and that what happened was "not their problem," according to the statement.

The statement says Johnson admitted to police on May 26 that he was at the scene but did not give any details about the shooting.

Johnson was jailed without bond. Arraignment in his case was set for Monday afternoon.

Dawson remains at large.

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