COPPERAS COVE — Detectives Monday arrested a Copperas Cove man suspected of shooting at cars carrying passengers last week. Officers on the scene broke through the front of the residence to nab the alleged shooter, who was attempting to flee police.

Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Dante Leroy Cross on seven charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one Class B midemeanor charge of evading arrest or detention. Guinn set Cross’ bond at $705,000.

Police had been searching for Cross since Oct. 23, when several witnesses identified him as a person who on the same night allegedly shot several rounds into a Hyundai Elantra in the intersection of Hackberry Street and West Truman and more rounds at a second vehicle at a nearby car wash, states one of eight arrest complaints.

During the shooting, one round went through the back of the car, causing a bullet fragment to strike one of the victims in the car, according to a complaint.

Cross and several other people were supposedly involved in a verbal altercation at the car wash in the 600 block of North First Street before the shooting occurred, states a complaint.

On Monday, detectives were serving a warrant for Cross’ arrest in the 1000 block of Randa Street, states a complaint. As officers entered the yard to make the arrest, Cross allegedly appeared from around the corner of the house and bolted inside despite being ordered to stop.

Detectives then used force to break down the front door of the residence and locate Cross inside.

In an unrelated case, Guinn arraigned David Marvin Dunlap on Tuesday on a charge of forgery of a government document. Guinn set his bond at $8,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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