Chattanooga: Man charged for firing at officers

Chattanooga: Man charged for firing at officers

May 2nd, 2011 by Beth Burger in Local - Breaking News

Robert Marlin Cole, 25, of Chattanooga, faces three counts of attempted murder after he reportedly fired a shot at officers, according to Chattanooga Police Department.

A 25-year-old man remains in Hamilton County Jail and faces three counts of attempted murder for reportedly firing a shot a three Chattanooga Police Department officers, according to a released statement.

Robert Marlin Cole, of Chattanooga, was arrested after he admitted to being at the scene of the shooting and the clothing he was wearing matched the description of the man who fired at police, according to arrest reports.

Cole denied any involvement in the shooting when interviewed by authorities. He claimed to be at a friend's house across the street from a residence at 3113 Dee Drive, according to the report.

When police conducted interviews, they learned Cole's friend was not home due to power outages with the tornado.

Police were patrolling the neighborhood after outages Saturday when they a group of men drinking beer and playing loud music. When officers went to make contact, the men scattered and man believed to be Cole took off running. He fled to the rear of a residence when he brandished a gun and fired a round at officers pursuing him, according to the arrest report.

Officers at the scene found one gun magazine loaded with .45 caliber rounds and drugs.

This isn't Cole's first brush with the law.

In June 2008, he was found guilty of facilitation to commit second degree murder after a felony murder, attempted first degree murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery were dismissed.

Cole receievd a suspended 10-year prison sentence and was placed on probation.

Cole's bond is set at $150,000. His next court date is set for May 10 before Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406.