Correctional Officer Tracy E. Cooper

Correctional Officer Tracy E. Cooper

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tracy E. Cooper

Correctional Officer Tracy Cooper died from complications during corrective surgery he was undergoing to repair an injury suffered while struggling with a juvenile inmate eight months earlier.

Correctional Officer Cooper had escorted the convicted felon to a court appearance in Cook County. The presiding judge ordered the inmate's restraints be removed during the hearing. Upon their removal, the inmate attempted to escape from the courtroom. Correctional Officer Cooper immediately subdued the inmate but tore his left rotator cuff when they fell to the ground.

During surgery to repair the injury, Correctional Officer Cooper never regained consciousness and passed away the following day.

Correctional Officer Cooper had served with the Illinois Department of Corrections for 15 years and was assigned to the Stateville Correctional Center. He was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Monday, January 25, 2010
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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To the family, friends and colleagues of Corrections Officer Cooper: I am so very sorry for your loss. As another person mentioned, even if we don’t know each other, we are all family. My husband is a Corrections Deputy, so I have a deep appreciation for the service, and sacrifices, made by Corrections Officer Cooper. He will never be forgotten! I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!

- Allie Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

September 28, 2017

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