Dispute results in charges for city men

November 14, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown City Police said they have charged both men involved in a dispute Tuesday morning that ended with shots being fired.

Police were called to the 400 block of Jonathan Street shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday to investigate gunfire.

They learned that a man who lives there had fired a handgun into the air several times to scare away his daughter's ex-boyfriend, police said.

Detective Tammy Miller said Wednesday that Raymond Francis Cooper Sr., 52, of 432 N. Jonathan St., was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and was given a summons.


Police also obtained an arrest warrant for the man whom Cooper was allegedly trying to scare - Dannel Curtis, 26, of 110 E. Chestnut St., Funkstown.

Police had not found Curtis as of Wednesday night.

Miller said the charges against Curtis are violating a protective order and malicious destruction of property.

Raymond Cooper's daughter, Ranita Lorraine Cooper, 19, who also lives at 432 N. Jonathan St., has a protective order in effect against Curtis until August 2003, Miller said.

Curtis allegedly violated the order by going to Raymond and Ranita Cooper's house, where he broke the window of her 1989 Hyundai parked outside, Miller said.

Police said that when Curtis broke the window, Raymond Cooper became worried about his daughter's safety and fired a handgun into the air, which caused Curtis to run away.

Curtis and Ranita Cooper have a son together, Miller said.

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