Woman tells deputies ex-boyfriend pulled gun after road confrontation near Bethesda

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Photo of Dalton Steven Coplin via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

A  man landed behind bars over the weekend on accusations he pulled a gun on his ex-girlfriend during a confrontation near the Robert Gray Miller Access to the White River near Bethesda.

Court papers say a woman called authorities on Saturday, June 15, to report her ex-boyfriend had struck her vehicle with his vehicle. The woman told Deputy Jason Cole that Dalton Steven Coplin (pictured), 36, of Bethesda, had followed her from the parking lot at the boat access; sideswiped her vehicle as he passed; blocked access for the woman to move forward after he pulled in front of it; and ultimately approached her vehicle with a handgun.

As Coplin yelled for his ex-girlfriend to leave, the woman told Cole she heard one gunshot as she drove away, but did not know where the firearm was pointed, court docs note. She immediately went to a friend’s house where she called authorities.

Coplin was later arrested at a residence listed as his address. He faces a felony charge of aggravated assault on a family or household member. Coplin is also being charged as a habitual offender.

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