Felon is arrested

Cooper accused of shooting into house

A 44-year old convicted felon from Atmore is back behind bars on multiple charges after being arrested Friday, Feb. 10, after alledgely shooting a weapon into an occupied home.

George Edward Cooper, 181 Crow St., was charged with burglary I, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, six counts of reckless endangerment, attempted murder and unlawful possession of a pistol.

According to reports from the Atmore Police Department, about 6:05 p.m. Feb. 10, officers responded to a residence on King Street in reference to a shooting.

When officers arrived on the scene witnesses told officers Cooper opened the front door and attempted to shoot one of the people inside. He then fled the residence.

Cooper was taken into custody a short distance away. Reports noted Cooper had a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Witnesses said Cooper fired two shots inside the residence before fleeing. Nobody was injured inside the home.

In 2020 Cooper was convicted of burglary III after pleading guilty to the charge in Escambia County Circuit Court. He also pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing I in 2011.

A 2001 charge of receiving stolen property and a 2002 charge of robbery II were nol prossed.

During a bond hearing Feb. 13, Cooper did not request a court-appointed attorney. He was given a $300,000 bond with the stipulation that if he's released from jail he have no contact with the victims.