West Monroe man accused of building explosives, firing guns near school

Samuel Coon | Photo: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A West Monroe area man arrested over the weekend after being accused of firing guns near schools and building improvised explosive devices has bonded out of jail.

According to court records, Samuel Glen Coon Jr. is accused of firing a semiautomatic handgun in front of several people on or around the 1300 block of Parnell Street in West Monroe back in May. That's just a couple of blocks from West Monroe High School and within its firearm-free zone. According to witnesses, someone asked Coon what a handgun sounded like when it was fired, so he pointed it upward and fired it. Witnesses say that Coon also had an AR-15 on his back at t his time.

In August, Coon was also accused of firing a gun near Good Hope Middle School, which is near Kiroli Park. According to arrest records, that's right next to his home on Red Oak Lane. One witness also told police that Coon was making improvised explosive devices with ball bearings. Other witnesses say they've heard loud explosions in the area as well.

Coon was arrested in early August, and before he asked for an attorney, he allegedly told officers that he had artillery shells and Tannerite at his home. Tannerite is a material that can be used to make explosives. Coon also reportedly told officers that he owned an AR-15 carbine that someone else bought and immediately gave to him.

Coon is charged with illegal use of dangerous instrumentalities and fraudulent purchase of a firearm.

According to online records, Coon has bonded out of jail. Authorities say Coon told them he was in the military and that he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.