Carl Copeland has been arrested and made his initial court appearance Wednesday in the June 11 shooting incident in which an Altus man was shot three times. An arrest warrant had been issued for Copeland, bu he had alluded authorities until earlier this week.
According to reports, around 2:30 a.m. that day a relative of the victim had sought information from a nurse on how to treat a gunshot wound. That tip led officers to the Falcon Inn and Suites at 2213 Falcon Road where they were directed to a room next door were Joshua Mealer was found to be suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was taken to Jackson County Memorial Hospital where he was treated.
According to reports, Mealer and two other people were in the room about 11:30 p.m. June 10 when the shooter busted into the room and started shooting.
“They all knew each other,” said Police Chief Mike Patterson. “It seems to be a domestic situation involving an estranged couple.”
Copeland has been charged with burglary in the first degree and shooting with intent to kill. The burglary charge (from busting into the room) can earn Copeland 7-10 years in prison. He faces life imprisonment for the the shooting with intent to kill charge.
Copeland’s preliminary court date has been set for 10:30 a.m., July 28.