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Cleveland woman accused of kicking in neighbor’s door, hitting her across face with shotgun

September 21, 2018

Cleveland woman accused of kicking in neighbor’s door, hitting her across face with shotgun

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland woman kicked in a neighbor’s door, hit a woman across the face with a shotgun and fired a round that struck a car parked on the street, according to police reports.

Shonte Cooper, 39, is charged with felonious assault in the Wednesday incident on Nathaniel Road near St. Clair Avenue, according to court records.

The 40-year-old neighbor suffered minor injuries in the assault, according to a police report. She lives in an apartment just below the one Cooper shares with her boyfriend.

The neighbor had friends over for a party that evening, and she asked Cooper to buy her cigarettes at a store. Cooper got the cigarettes but refused to give them to the neighbor when she returned from the store shortly after midnight.

They argued until the neighbor kicked Cooper out of the apartment, police reports say.

Cooper went to her boyfriend’s apartment and got a shotgun from under his bed, police reports say. She returned to the neighbor’s apartment and kicked in the door to the kitchen.

She hit the neighbor across the face with the gun, police reports say. The two women fought until the neighbor ran out of the apartment.

Cooper then walked upstairs to her own apartment and fired a shot out a window, which struck a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica parked outside on the street, police report say.

The neighbor called police and told responding officers that Cooper was still indoors with a shotgun. Cooper surrendered without incident a short time later.

Cooper’s boyfriend Larry T. Stevenson, 39, of Cleveland, is also charged with tampering with evidence in the incident, according to court records.

Stevenson is accused of hiding the shotgun after the assault. He initially claimed to be asleep during the assault, but later told officers they could find the shotgun in a storage space in his apartment, police reports say.

Cooper and Stevenson waived their rights to preliminary hearings during their arraignment Friday in Cleveland Municipal Court. Their cases were bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury, court records say.

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