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Police Officer Jack David Cooper | Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

Police Officer

Jack David Cooper

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 2, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 409

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/1/2002

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Jack Cooper succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day when he responded to a disturbance involving a man complaining of vampires at about 1300 hours.

While on the scene, a struggle ensued between the man and the officers. The suspect was sprayed with pepper spray, but it had no effect. During the struggle, the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Cooper's service weapon and shot Officer Cooper in the head. Another officer was able to return fire and kill the suspect. Officer Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he died.

Officer Cooper was assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division and had been employed with the Little Rock Police Department for 11 years.

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Years ago I worked (X-70) on 11 to 7 and was relieved by Cooper each morning. I was always glad to see him come in to take over the watch. I did not know him personally but I will never forget his face the morning he fell. I passed him in the NW Sub station lobby and for some reason we made eye contact in passing. I had immense trouble sleeping that morning and woke to find Officer Coopers story on the news. The following night I checked out the keys to 70's district car, the car i usually drove, the same one Cooper drove the previous day. I was confused because i could not find the wireless remote microphone that went to the cars camera, and when i asked Sgt. Westbrook where the mike was he told me that it had been placed in evidence, that it had been covered in blood. I was stunned as it hit home that he was really gone. Coopers shift had been relieved of duty and they asked for volunteers to cover day shift and I and my partner Jeff Alexander volunteered. That was the hardest day I ever worked in law enforcement. It has been 14 years and I have not forgotten you brother, and I never will.

Assistant Chief Matthew Cain.
Glenwood Police (former LRPD Officer.)
November 1, 2016

 

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