Man allegedly swung an ax in family brawl

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of striking his brother with an ax.

Cody J. Johnson, 27, faces a charge of second-degree assault domestic violence at his July 26 arraignment.

Johnson and his girlfriend, Marissa Brown, had been staying with his mother, Debra Corrin, on Thursday. Around 10:30 p.m., he allegedly pushed his mother after she reportedly insulted Brown.

When his brothers, Luke Royer and Seth Johnson, intervened to protect their mother, Cody Johnson picked up an ax and swung it at them, striking Seth Johnson's left forearm, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.

The whack caused a cut and bruise on Seth Johnson's arm, the affidavit says. Royer and Seth Johnson then wrestled their brother to the ground, the court document says. Cody Johnson was arrested later that night at a nearby grocery store.