Man jumps in river to escape deputies

  • Friday, August 3, 2012

A 31-year-old Georgetown man tried swimming to freedom when being pursued by deputies Sunday afternoon.
Grady Cooper, 31, of Chavis Landing Court remained in jail under several charges, including hindering and obstructing law enforcement and malicious injury to property.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to Cooper’s home where they met with his mother who said he threatened to “beat her down” during an argument. She said the altercation started when she asked him to help clean the house.
During the argument, Cooper allegedly threw a plastic bottle at his mother. When she said she was going to call the police, Cooper reportedly fled the home on foot.
While talking to the woman, the deputies saw Cooper standing at the edge of the woods. As they tried to approach him, he started running so the deputies gave chase.
Once reaching the Sampit River, Cooper reportedly jumped in and started swimming away.
“Once he stopped we asked him to come back to the landing but he refused and began swimming to another landing,” the deputies wrote.
When Cooper saw a deputy standing at that landing, he started swimming towards the middle of the river, the report states. He refused to leave the water until the deputies said they would jump in to get him.
He was taken into custody but then allegedly started making threats.
Once in the back of the patrol car, Cooper reportedly started kicking the door window causing it to come out of its frame.
He allegedly told one of the deputies he would “find him when he is off duty and beat him to death when he sees him in plain clothes,” the report states. “Mr. Cooper also said he could not be charged because it was not a threat but it was a promise.”
The report indicates Cooper continued to make threatening statements until he arrived at jail.

By Scott Harper

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