Columbus police have identified a 23-year-old former convict who was released from state prison in February as the suspect in the Saturday morning shooting on Hodges Drive that left 24-year-old Richard Collier dead.
Authorities are searching for Drevon Quantez Johnson, a 5-foot-10 black man who weighs 175 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He has “Side” and “Dre” tattooed on his left forearm and “LIL” and “West” on his right forearm, according to a news release.
Johnson was convicted in Muscogee County of numerous charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction, fleeing to elude police and auto theft, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Most recently incarcerated in the Macon State Prison, Johnson was sentenced to serve 10 years on the theft charge starting March 23, 2011. He was ordered to serve five of those years in prison and the other five on probation.
He was released on probation on Feb. 21 after the State Board of Pardon and Paroles commuted the remainder of his prison term, according to a letter from the agency that was in his case file.
On probation since his release, Johnson was allegedly involved in the shooting that occurred after a dispute erupted during the house party at 5908 Hodges Drive.
Johnson is also known as “Six,” “Dre,” “Man-man” and “D,” police said.
“This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous,” Police Sgt. Joseph Hart wrote in the release.
Anna Brannock, a friend of Collier since high school, said about 20 to 30 people were at the residence at the time and all except for about five left once the shot was fired.
“He was trying to make sure there was not any fights starting at his house,” she said. “It was just a house party.”
Brannock, who works in the medical field, said she performed CPR for about 10 minutes but wasn’t successful. He had a gunshot wound to the chest.
Collier was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at 2:53 a.m. at the scene of the shooting, said Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley. His body was transported to the crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.
Anyone with information concerning Johnson’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Robbery/Homicide Division of the Police Department at 706-653-3400 or 911.