Bond set for woman accused of trying to kill North Charleston officer

VIDEO: Domestic violence accuser arrested on attempted murder, weapons charges

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The woman who accused a North Charleston police officer of domestic violence is now facing multiple charges after police say she fired shots at the officer and his home on Saturday night.

Felicia Nicole Cooper, 26, went before a judge Monday evening. Bond was set at $800,000. Cooper was arrested by Summerville police Sunday and charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number.

Cooper was arrested with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force, according to Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers.

The attempted shooting on Saturday night came a day after Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she met with the Cooper to notify her that she was dismissing the charges filed against 38-year-old Sierra Shivers.

Shivers told police he was at home with his family on Saturday at about 9:30 p.m. when he heard a knock at the door. His wife, who was upstairs at the time, looked out the window but said she couldn't see anyone, the incident report states.

Someone knocked a second time, and Shivers turned off the television and looked through the peephole of the front door but could not see anyone, the report states. After a third knock, Shivers told police his wife came downstairs, looked out a window and saw the woman and said, "She has a gun."

At that moment, Shivers says Cooper fired the gun at his wife.

Shivers said he grabbed a small bat and chased after Cooper toward a neighbor's home when Cooper turned and fired several times at Shivers, who took cover behind a neighbor's vehicle, the report states.

Cooper then ran towards a pond behind the homes and into woods, the report states.

Police responded to the Shivers' home and found a bullet hole in the window and wooden blinds, the report states. There was also a small bullet hole in the wall, police say.

An officer found a small revolver on the bank of the pond, the report states.

A neighbor told police she had just pulled into her driveway when she heard the commotion and shots being fired, and ran into her home with her baby. Once her baby was inside and safe, she came back out of the home and saw the assailant run behind the home in the direction of the woods, the report states. The neighbor also told police Shivers asked her to call 911 to report the attempted shooting.

Charges against officer dismissed

Domestic violence charges against a North Charleston police officer have been dismissed after an investigation found contradictions with the accuser's story.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced Monday that her office has dismissed the charges of criminal domestic violence against Shivers.

Shivers was arrested January 5 and charged with criminal domestic violence after Cooper claimed she was assaulted by Shivers two days prior. Following his arrest, Shivers was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the allegations.

Shivers has returned to active duty, according to a North Charleston Police Department spokesperson.

Wilson's office and deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office met with Cooper about the case Friday, and the charges were officially dismissed Monday.

Solicitor: Obstacles, discrepancies in Cooper's allegations

Wilson says her office identified several obstacles and discrepancies in Cooper's allegations, beginning with the six-hour delay in the reporting of the alleged incident.

According to an affidavit, the alleged assault occurred Jan. 3 around 11 a.m. Cooper told authorities Shivers picked her up and took her to get a medical procedure. As Shivers was taking Cooper back to her residence, she says Shivers became angry that the procedure had taken too long and that it got in the way of paperwork he had to file at the department, the incident report states.

Cooper told police Shivers then punched her in the left side of her face five times and told her not to tell anyone about the assault. When officers met with Cooper later in the day around 5:52 p.m., Cooper's face was reportedly swollen.

According to Wilson, investigators determined Cooper's injuries were not consistent with being punched. Cooper reportedly had a linear mark going from her eyebrow to her chin, which was more likely to be caused by something with a distinct edge like a door or door frame.

Finally, Wilson says the physical evidence did not match up with Cooper's description of the incident, as she was "extremely specific about the time and location of the alleged abuse."

Cooper told investigators Shivers punched her in the face five times while he was driving her to a hotel, but an audio recording of the car ride provided by Shivers did not contain any apparent sounds of physical abuse, investigators said.

Wilson says Cooper confirmed the recording was from the car ride, but claimed it was altered. The audio recording was analyzed by SLED, and found to be continuous and unedited.

Cooper is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.

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