Alleged Dunkirk Shooter Taken Into Custody

Montel Cooper, 26, the suspect in the April 5 shooting incident on King and Main streets in Dunkirk, is now in the Chautauqua County Jail on $100,000 bail/ $200,000 property. He was arraigned before city judge Walter Drag on Friday.

Jamestown Police Department investigators received information late Thursday afternoon that Cooper was hiding out in an apartment on N. Main Street in Jamestown. Officers from Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police checked the apartment and took Cooper into custody without incident. He was initially held in Jamestown City Jail.

Dunkirk Police transported Cooper to the Dunkirk City Jail where he was held for arraignment. He was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment (D felony), second-degree menacing (misdemeanor), second-degree assault, (D felony), second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (possession of a loaded firearm with the intent to use against another person – C felony) and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm (possession of a firearm, previous conviction of any crime – D felony).

In the shooting incident at about 10 p.m. on April 5, a 22-year-old male Dunkirk resident was found wounded. The victim was removed from the scene by rescue personnel. His injuries were reported as non-life threatening. The victim was believed not to be the target, but was standing across Main Street when shots were fired at a second person. A warrant was issued for Cooper’s arrest. His last known address was 522 Park Ave. in Dunkirk.