Cherokee County

Warrant: Man shot firework at helicopter carrying bride, groom to ‘protest’ Cherokee wedding venue

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A man is behind bars after officials say he shot a firework at a helicopter to “protest” a Cherokee County wedding venue.

On Oct. 23, David Jeter was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts after he shot a firework at a helicopter, authorities said.

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Channel 2 Action News obtained the warrants for Jeter for what allegedly happened on Oct. 20 at a wedding venue on Cox Road.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen was at Rocky’s Monday, where the 12-acre venue includes a helicopter pad in the middle of a large pond. A chopper whisks the brides and grooms away to the honeymoon. But on this occasion, the bridge and groom faced more than thy bargained for when they came under motor fire.

Around 9:45 p.m., the warrants allege that Jeter was seen shooting a mortar firework at a helicopter that was leaving Rock’s and flying over his home, which sits just short of 500 feet from the venue.

The bride and groom were inside the helicopter at the time the firework was shot, officers said. The firework did not hit the helicopter.


Wedding venue employees told deputies that this was not the first time Jeter had “protested” the venue.

Lake Estate owner William “Rocky” Morris said Jeter has had a long-running beef wit the business for the last 15 years.

According to arrest warrants, in Aug. 2022, the venue hosted a traditional Indian wedding when Jeter got on a megaphone and began making insulting noises.

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Officials added that Jeter then came and blocked a lane of Cox Road in front of the venue and began to yell obscenities.

In addition to his terroristic threats charge, Jeter was also charged with disorderly conduct in connection to the incident in 2022.


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