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Gunfire erupts after fake grenade sale between two IN men

Booking photo of Colt Cooley (Vigo County Jail/Released)
July 25, 2019

A man ended up receiving a bullet to the forearm when he attempted to sell a fake grenade to another man.

Colt Cooley intended to buy a $30 fake grenade from the victim, Justin Roacho, on June 18, but the two began arguing over a past drug deal, leading to an angry dispute and Cooley allegedly shooting Roacho, Fox 59 reported.

Police said the bullet is still lodged in Roacho’s arm.

Roacho had gone to Cooley’s home, a camper trailer in Terre Haute, Ind., to sell the grenade, but court documents say the men began arguing over a past drug deal gone bad, and Cooley shot Roacho.

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Cooley was arrested and taken to the Vigo County Jail, where he remains. It’s not clear what firearm he used in the crime.

He was charged with aggravated battery, pointing a loaded firearm at another person, and criminal recklessness committed by shooting a firearm into an inhabited dwelling or building.

Fox 59 posted the incident on Facebook and users began having a field day chastising the shooter, who in the photo appears to be a little person.

Some of the comments include, “His patience was very short.” “This must be the bagel guys little brother or cousin. He was on his way to that bagel shop. 10 to 1.”

One user said, “So, how much time am I looking at? Lawyer: With good behavior, a miniscule [sic] amount.”

Another wrote, “I hope the arresting officer had [a] car seat in his cruiser.”

One more said, “If convicted, he’ll only get half the time, and only have to pay a small fine.”

They go on with puns like, “The prosecutor said his crime was just short of a felony!”

“The cool thing is it should be a short trial,” another wrote.

“Is this dude standing on 10 phone books for this photo,” one user asked.