This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Felonious Assault that took place in Columbus in 2021.


Aries Cotner


On April 29, 2021 at approximately 2:07 p.m., Columbus Police Patrol officers were dispatched to Columbus Fire Station #20 on a report of a shooting. Upon the officer’s arrival, they spoke to the victims, Kayle Thomas and Carmichael Coats. They stated they were in a vehicle traveling west on E. 11th Avenue when the suspect, Aries Cotner, fired multiple gun shots at them. Mr. Thomas' was struck by one of the bullets fired from Mr. Cotner. Mr. Coats was not injured during the incident. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Coats continued to Columbus Fire Station #20 in order for Mr. Thomas to be treated for being shot. Mr. Thomas was treated at scene by Columbus Fire Medics.

A Felonious Assault warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mr. Aries Cotner. Mr. Cotner is believed to be armed and dangerous and has been on the run for two years.

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