By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Atmore police announced Monday the February 10 arrest of a local man who is charged with numerous crimes related to his shooting into an occupied house.
Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that patrol officers were sent around 6:05 p.m. to a residence on King Street in response to a reported shooting.
Officers determined after talking with witnesses that George Cooper, 44, had forced open the house’s front door and attempted to shoot one of the people inside. He fled on foot after firing at least one shot into the house, reports show.
Cooper was later spotted a short distance away from the house and taken into custody. Reports indicate that he had a loaded firearm in his pocket when he was arrested.
The Atmore man is charged with one count each of attempted murder, first-degree burglary, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and reckless endangerment. Cooper is a convicted felon, so he was also charged with being a “certain person forbidden to possess a firearm.”
He remained in the Escambia County Detention Center Tuesday morning, February 14, his bond set at $300,000.