U.S. marshals arrest man wanted in Phenix City attempted murder


PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Phenix City police say a man wanted in connection to an attempted murder was caught in Lanett last Tuesday.

Phenix City PD says via Facebook the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force caught and arrested 27-year-old Russell Cope on December 6.

Police say there was a warrant for Cope’s arrest after a shooting on December 2.

Capt. George Staudinger says Cope’s girlfriend 31-year-old Chaquetta Farmer reported her car stolen at about 9 p.m. on December 2. He says at that time Cope was driving looking for the car and started a chase once he saw it.

Staudinger says the stolen car wrecked near the 1000 block of Fontaine Road and two unknown male suspects escaped on foot. He says the investigations shows Cope also ran on foot looking for the suspects when he found 55-year-old Ricky Robinson in his front yard.

Police reports say it appears Cope mistook Robinson for one of the suspects and shot him in the chest with a shotgun.

Police found Robinson at about 10:50 p.m. and he was rushed to Midtown Medical Center. He was later transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he was released Monday.

Staudinger says Farmer has also been arrested on obstruction charges after she gave police false information about who was helping her look for her car.

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