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Columbia manhunt started with domestic assault call

Columbia police at Westwinds Park
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Columbia police officers work at Westwinds Park off Stadium Boulevard on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


A police chase and manhunt in Columbia started with a domestic assault call Tuesday, police said.

Officers were sent Tuesday morning to Bryant Walkway Apartments, where a 29-year-old woman told them her husband had assaulted her that morning, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release. Police say they spotted the husband, Morris McDonald, 34, of Columbia driving by while they were there.

Police stopped McDonald's Toyota 4Runner at Locust Street and Providence Road but he sped off, according to the release. Officers chased him for two blocks before ending the pursuit, police said.

Officers then learned a man had crashed at Stadium and West boulevards and was asking drivers for rides, according to the release. The man left the area on foot but police later found him unconscious and revived him with Narcan, an opioid overdose antidote, in an abandoned building near Westwinds Park, the release says.

Police said McDonald was taken to a hospital and will be arrested on suspicion of multiple charges when he is released.

A spokesman with Southwest Swim Club on College Park Drive said the pool was locked down Tuesday as police looked for the suspect. Pool workers locked gates and the door to the pool for a nearby police search, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the pool was under lockdown for about an hour.

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