A West Monroe man was arrested on gun-charges earlier this month after an investigation of shots fired and explosions near West Monroe High School.

On May 16, West Monroe police were dispatched to the school zone at West Monroe High School where they learned Samuel Glen Coon Jr., 35, of 155 Red Oak Lane, West Monroe, had discharged a Springfield 1911 .45 acp semi-automatic handgun in front of several people.

Several witnesses claimed “...Coon was asked what a handgun sounded like when it was fired,” according to the Aug. 13 warrant.

“Coon presented the pistol, pointed it upward and towards the West Monroe High School, and then fired the weapon,” stated the warrant.

“When Coon fired the handgun, he also had an AR-15 carbine slung across his back.”

During the investigation, police learned that Coon was manufacturing and using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with the illegal use of Tannerite.

Several witnesses recently complained of loud explosive noises.

Coon was found to have artillery shells and Tannerite at his house.

Coon claimed he was in the military and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Coon stated he owned an AR-15 carbine that was purchased by someone else and immediately given to him,” stated the warrant.

He was charged with illegal use of a dangerous instrument and fraudulent purchase of a firearm.

Previously, Coon was arrested on Aug. 10 for the felony offense of illegal use of a weapon, stemming from an investigation of an April incident.

On April 14, 2017, OPSO responded to a call about Coon firing a rifle at metal plate targets in the D’Arbonne Hills community.

A vacant property near Kiroli Park’s dog park had metal plate targets which Coon later admitted to shooting at with his .22 caliber rifle.

The person who owned the property and made the complaint to authorities said the “targets were set at almost a 45-degree angle and would not stop a rifle round, but deflect it in an upward angle toward Kiroli Park and Good Hope Middle School.

According to deputies, only a small patch of trees separated the metal plate target area from the football field at Good Hope Middle School.

The complainant said Coon has been shooting a rifle between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“A check of (Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office) calls revealed OPSO has responded to shots fired complaints in that area where complainants stated the shots sounded like they were coming from Coon’s residence,” stated the Aug. 10 warrant.

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