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Cape man charged for firing rifle at van

By Staff | Mar 17, 2011

A Cape Coral man accused of shooting a rifle at two men over an ongoing dispute remained in jail Thursday.
Daniel Joseph Jackson, 40, of 1710 S.E. 14th St., was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after he reportedly shot at the men as they drove away in a vehicle.
No one was injured in the alleged shooting, police officials reported.
Jackson was also charged with firing a weapon missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft. He remained in custody at the Lee County Jail on no bond Thursday for a prior drug possession charge, according to booking records.
On Wednesday, Cape police responded to 1710 S.E. 14th St. and 1821 S.E. Eighth Ave. after receiving several calls about a disturbance and a shooting. Officers made contact with the alleged victims at the Eighth Avenue home.
The men told police that they had gone to Jackson’s home over a dispute.
One man dropped the other off at the corner, and then headed down the street to make a U-turn, according to officials. As the one man approached Jackson’s home, Jackson exited the residence with a long rifle or shotgun.
By this time, the driver was headed back to Jackson’s home, and he yelled for the other man to get back into the van. Jackson allegedly walked toward the van, pointed the rifle and told one man that he was going to shoot him.
The men told police that as they drove away, they looked back and saw Jackson standing in the road still pointing the rifle at their van. They then heard a loud bang and the impact of the projectile striking their vehicle.
Police recovered a projectile from the vehicle, according to officials.
Jackson reportedly admitted to police that he went outside to confront the two men, but he denied being armed and shooting at them. Police later found a neighbor who said that Jackson had asked him to hold onto a rifle for him.
The rifle matched the description given by the men, officials reported.
“Great job by everyone involved in the shooting investigation today,” Capt. Mike Urraro of the CCPD said in a prepared statement released Thursday. “You see what teamwork can accomplish in such a short period of time.”
Jackson will be in court April 18 and May 19, according to booking records.
Neither of the alleged victims could be reached for comment Thursday.