N.Y. man charged in April shooting

May 16, 2000

An undercover drug operation Monday night resulted in the arrest of a suspect in an April 21 shooting at Washington Gardens Apartments on Security Road, police said.

James Clayton Chandler, 20, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m. at Washington and Elizabeth streets.

Police charged him with selling drugs to an undercover police officer, according to Lt. Charles Summers.

Within minutes, agents with the Narcotics Task Force learned he was wanted in connection with the shooting of Thundarr James Bentley, Summers said.

After the drug sale was completed, police identified themselves to the man and he fled on foot, Summers alleged.

He ran into a building at 625 W. Washington Street where he was taken into custody. Crack cocaine was found at that address, police alleged.


Chandler's bond on the drug charges and the shooting was $50,000, court records said.

At the time of the shooting, police said they believed the 5:20 p.m. shooting may have been accidental. A warrant was issued charging Chandler with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits, police reported.

Detective Carroll Braun said Bentley's injuries were not life-threatening.

Police found Bentley lying on the sidewalk in front of 1018 Security Road, a middle building in a row of apartment buildings at the back of the low-income housing complex, according to police.

A preliminary investigation determined the shooter fled into an adjacent wooded area. Police officers and dogs searched the woods but did not find the man they were seeking.

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