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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 8:40 am, Mon Feb 4, 2013.

Two Franklin County men, who allegedly shot at four men following a suspected drug deal in the Union City Park, have been charged in a grand jury indictment.

Spencer L. Grimes, 18, Union; and Dakota L. Hopper, 21, Washington, were indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury on four counts of second-degree assault, and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle at a person.

Grimes is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Hopper is in custody on a $75,000 bond.

Authorities allege that Grimes and Hopper were involved in the shooting of an occupied truck at the Rotary Pavilion at the park after a drug deal gone bad.

Initially, both men were charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the incident.

Union police said four men were in a truck at the city park at 12:48 a.m. and were attempting to purchase marijuana from the suspects in a car.

Grimes and Hopper may have thought that the victims were trying to steal the bag of marijuana and one of the suspects discharged a pistol into the air and then at the truck, police said.

The second shot possibly flattened one of the truck tires, according to Union police. The truck then left the park area and was pursued by the suspects.

Three of the men were from Owensville and the fourth was from Gerald, police said.

The driver of the car rammed the truck on Highway 50 at Pecan Tree Lane west of Highway UU, forcing the truck into a guardrail.

The two suspects confronted the four other men after the crash, and one suspect allegedly punched a victim, Union police said.

One of the victims called 911 to report the incident.

The suspects allegedly demanded cellphones and cash from the victims, police said. They fled as police responded to the scene.

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