Auxvasse man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm

Johnny Laxon, age 53. (Photo courtesy Callaway County Sheriff's Office)
Johnny Laxon, age 53. (Photo courtesy Callaway County Sheriff's Office)

An Auxvasse man was charged with two counts of felony unlawful possession of a firearm after allegedly shooting and killing a dog on Nov. 4.

According to the probable cause statement, at approximately 4:41 p.m. on Nov. 4, a deputy with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Kelsch Lane in Auxvasse.

The document states a witness reported that Johnny Laxon, 53, shot her dog. Laxson threatened to shoot the dog previously, the witness stated.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, he saw an entry and exit bullet wound on the dog.

The deputy searched Laxon's residence and found a Rough Rider single action .45 caliber revolver. The firearm was under Laxson's mattress. The firearm was loaded, according to the statement.

During a further search, deputies located a Soteger Arms semi auto .22 caliber pistol and a Benjamin Franklin .22 caliber rifle. Deputies also found two fully loaded magazines for a Highpoint semi auto 9mm pistol, as well as 9mm ammo, .45 caliber shells and a .22 caliber round.

According to the statement, Laxson "is a convicted felon and is disqualified from possessing a firearm."

According to the statement, Laxson:

pleaded guilty in 2003 to a felony charge in Buchanan County of dist/del/manf/produce or attempt to or possess w/intent to dist/del/manf/produce a controlled substance.

pleaded guilty in 2009 to a felony charge in Holt County, Oregon of assault (second degree).

pleaded guilty in 2017 to felony charges in Buchanan County of domestic assault (second degree) and tamp/attempt -- victim -- felony prosec.

pleaded guilty in 2016 to a felony charge in Platte County for theft of $25,000 or more.

Laxson was booked at the Callaway County Jail Nov. 4. He bonded out on Nov. 5. His bond was set at $4,500.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Nov. 6, according to online court records. Laxson bonded out before the Callaway County Jail received the warrant.

The warrant indicates Laxson is "a danger to the crime victim, the community or another person."

Laxson has a hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Callaway County Justice Center.

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