A 40-year-old felon accused of chasing down and shooting his roommate during an altercation that erupted over money must stand trial for attempted murder and other offenses, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Dante Trimell Cooper was arrested in March after the attack in the 300 block of West Kimball Avenue, near State Street, in Hemet.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Joshlyn Pulliam ruled there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the attempted murder count, as well as being a felon in possession of a gun, being a felon in possession of ammunition and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

Pulliam scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Sept. 7 and ordered that Cooper remain held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to Hemet Police Department Lt. Nathan Miller, about 4:30 p.m. on March 2, Cooper was involved in a heated exchange with his roommate, identified only as a 42-year-old man with the initials “J.M.,” at their Kimball Avenue apartment.

Miller said the argument, evidently connected to cost sharing, escalated into a fight, and the roommate “hit (the defendant) in the face and head and began running.”

“(Cooper) chased after the man and then shot him several times,” Miller said.

Patrol officers reached the location within a couple of minutes and found the victim wounded but conscious, according to Miller.

The man pointed out Cooper, who was nearby, and he was taken into custody without a struggle, Miller said.

The victim was taken to a trauma center and underwent surgery, from which he has since recovered.

Cooper was treated for his injuries and taken to the Murrieta jail hours later.

Court records show the defendant has prior felony convictions in another jurisdiction, but they weren’t specified.

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