Fredericksburg Police Swiftly Apprehend Suspect Following Downtown Firearm Threat

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The Fredericksburg Police Department has successfully apprehended 32-year-old Charles Cooper of Ruther Glen following an incident in which he reportedly brandished a firearm in downtown Fredericksburg. The arrest was made on Princess Anne Street by a patrolling officer who recognized Cooper and was aware of the outstanding warrant for brandishing a firearm.

The initial incident occurred late on Thursday night in the 600 block of Caroline Street, where Cooper allegedly became confrontational with an acquaintance, subsequently escalating the confrontation by displaying and racking a firearm. The victim promptly contacted the Fredericksburg Police E-911 Center, leading to the rapid response of patrol officers. Cooper reportedly fled the scene on a maroon-colored bicycle shortly after the confrontation.

Following his arrest, a search conducted by the police revealed Cooper was in possession of two loaded firearms, leading to additional warrants being issued for carrying a concealed weapon. Despite the severity of the charges, Cooper was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

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