Newport News police charge man with assaulting, shooting at girlfriend

Samuel Cooper (Photo: Newport News police)
Samuel Cooper (Photo: Newport News police)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police arrested a man Wednesday for allegedly assaulting and shooting at his girlfriend’s Newport News home.

At about 10:15 p.m. November 18, officers were dispatched to a shooting that had just happened near the intersection of 21st Street and Chestnut Avenue. When police arrived, they spoke with a 22-year-old woman who believed she had been shot by her boyfriend, who she identified as 26-year-old Samuel Cooper,  of the 600 block of 29th Street.

The woman told officers that she and Cooper got into an argument, which led to Cooper assaulting her. After the assault, the woman said she saw a gun in Cooper’s hand as he ran back toward the house she was inside. The woman told police she heard a gunshot and felt something hit both of her legs.

Officers checked the woman and determined she wasn’t shot, but a bullet hole and fragments were found inside the home. At the time of the shooting, the woman’s cousin was inside.

After the incident, the woman said Cooper drove away.

On November 23, officers saw Cooper in the 1300 block of Roanoke Avenue. Police chased him down and a foot pursuit ensued. Police say Cooper ran into a nearby home. Detectives were able to find Cooper and took him into custody in the 1800 block of Roanoke Avenue.

Cooper had outstanding warrants for the November 18 incident and other unrelated charges. Those charges included maliciously shoot/throw into occupied building, possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, attempt to commit a non-capital felony, reckless handling of a firearm, assault on a family member and two counts of failure to appear.