Trial began Tuesday for a Hopewell Township man accused of firing an AK-47 assault rifle at a car with two women inside during what police allege was a cocaine-fueled episode.
Shawn Carmichael, 37, who at the time of the incident lived in the 4700 block of Anderson Road, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and resisting arrest.
According to court documents, Carmichael threatened Jaquilla Hannible with the AK-47 during a domestic dispute inside his home, but left before police arrived and was walking down the street with his assault rifle.
Hannible and her mother, Patricia Jones, jumped into Hannible's Ford Explorer and drove after Carmichael, who Hannible told officers was "ill on cocaine," documents state.
Shots fired: They found him a block away, lying on the ground on the front yard of a home, at which point Hannible offered to take Carmichael to the hospital, police said.
"Mr. Carmichael responded by firing the AK-47 at the Ford Explorer," court documents state, and several rounds struck the SUV.
Hannible then lost control of the SUV and crashed into a parked vehicle, police said. Neither she nor her mother was hurt, police said.
When officers arrived, neighbors were reporting seeing Carmichael rolling around in a nearby field with the rifle, police said.
No pants: He had taken off and discarded his jeans and boots and was lying facedown on the ground, soaked, and wearing boxer shorts and a shirt and tank top, documents state.
Carmichael became combative with officers and resisted arrest and ended up being shocked with a Taser, police said.
After being arrested, he was taken to York Hospital for treatment.
The case is being prosecuted by senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake. Defense attorney Kurt Blake is representing Carmichael.
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