CEDAR RAPIDS — A complaint filed Friday provides more details of a shooting reported Thursday involving a Cedar Rapids man charged with the attempted murder after sending his roommate threatening messages, chasing him out of the house and then firing several shots at him.
Derek Bekeris, 31, told his roommate, Grady Daniels, to leave or he would kill him, and then armed himself with a handgun as he chased him out of the house about 7:35 a.m. at 1509 Seventh Ave. SE, the complaint states. Bekeris then stood on the front porch and fired six shots at Daniels.
Daniels wasn’t hit or injured, but several neighbors witnessed the shooting from inside their homes, the complaint shows.
An application for a permit to carry a gun — acquired by The Gazette on Friday — shows Bekeris obtained his handgun legally. He received his permit Feb. 14, 2014, answering “no” to the question if he was an unlawful drug user, but he admitted to police, after a search found several marijuana plants and other firearms, that he had a “grow operation.”
If applicants answer “yes” to that question, they are denied a permit for one year from the date of admission, Linn County Sheriff’s Maj. John Godar said.
According to federal law, it’s a felony offense to be an unlawful drug user and possess firearms.
Godar said sometimes applicants check “yes” by mistake, which also happens on some of the other questions. But if they check “yes” to any box, other than being a U.S. citizen, they are disqualified. Officials, he said, always follow up with them on “yes” answers to make sure they aren’t mistakes.
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At the time of his arrest Thursday, Bekeris refused to obey officers’ commands, physically resisted arrest and had to be forcibly taken into custody, the complaint states. Bekeris then made several threats to arresting officers and their families, made comments about the Oregon standoff involving militia members, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and being a “pot” user.
Bekeris was charged with attempted murder, going armed with intent, manufacturing marijuana, drug tax stamp violation (marijuana) and interference with official acts.
This was the second shots-fired call of 2016. Gun violence in the city has been on the increase since 2014, which had 93 shots-fired reports and then 100 reports last year.