published Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Chattanooga: Man charged for firing at officers

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    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.
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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 or 423-757-6406.

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Tax_Payer said...

Yes, the police need to shoot these people that brandish a weapon in facilitation of a crime. I said, when a crime is in progress and a suspect(s) brandishes a weapon to promote harboring his or her escape from the law only to struck innocent victims again, then the police should fire at will with the force supplies by the taxpayers!

May 2, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.
rolando said...

"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."

Let's see...arrested and tried on a felony murder, another 1st degree murder try, and two aggravated robberies only to have all those dismissed and found guilty of allowing a murder to happen. Then given 10-years suspended and probation.

No wonder there are so many murders in our fair kill someone and get probation. Cool.

May 2, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Rolondo, If only Mr. Cole had been holding a couple of OZees of reefa, on his previous escapades, he would be doing some hard time. Possession of marijuana for resale, Bad. Facilitating a murder, Not so much.

May 3, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.
jadao said...

Hello!!! Cops are killing white people too, just like black people are not the only ones killing cops. Bad cops are bad cops !! Most are OK and do their job but you'll aways have a bad few. You can't really use the race card here for that anymore!!! Our cops are equal opportunity killers. (the bad ones) And they are some bad one out there!!!

May 3, 2011 at 3:08 a.m.
Americandream said...

First of all the question should be what did the police do to deserve this cause I know this man and if he would have did something like that it would have been for good reasoning. But the only reason they doing this man like this is because of his background but Robert is a good man a leader who was trying to get people to c the good n him and quit holding him him down for his past. He was going down the right road. On a sidenote God gone c him thru this definitely with this new evidence we got for robert that proves his alibi and that these people just trying to c him under the jail because of his heart and mind.

May 3, 2011 at 1:15 p.m.
Americandream said...

Then everybody wants to say he guilty but it was pitch black outside didn't nobody have power and didnt nobody see nothing, so everybody is just stating an uneducated opinion without supported facts. So know what u talk about before u judge cuz this man didn't do nothing to deserve thisvand they don't have no evidence to prove al they got is his background and he say she say

May 3, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.
chet123 said...

see libertarian in his nature state...RACIST!...he drink it like water...and he tell me he is a college graduate....MAN you need to ask for a refund!!! lOL LOL

May 3, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.
chet123 said...

i see roland, libertarian, and indian..see they have a new member..NC LOL LOL LOL....when the Police officer was killed a couple of months ago...the first thing i said was Glad shooter not black man......and to hear these haters is why i said that....the evidence said there was a shot fired....this man have turn himself in...not even sure police was shot at first...these bozo is already calling for the lych mob...boy some thing dont these are your gun happy people LOL LOL LOL

and indian know better..couple of weeks ago she was crying her eyeball better learn to control your emotions...

May 3, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.
chet123 said...

no crimnal mined black have killed a cop around here...but common for white male to kill cop...signal mtn(deputy killed) killing ..dade county(Deputy killed) killing....broad street(red food store) killing was white shoot black(mostly underclass or gangs)get your facts right....they dont have gun battles with police...that the guns lovers doing such..please not lying,,,,,l4f,indian,rolando

May 3, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
chet123 said...

noone called for the death penalty...but that the duel justice system....this man havent shot anyone...they want to kill him,,,i was very outrage to read the story of police being shot at...but to hear these fools talk about killing when they are pro-gun people...really make me know there are nut cases out there worse than the man i was inflamed about

May 3, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
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