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Correctional Officer Tracy E. Cooper | Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

Correctional Officer

Tracy E. Cooper

Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 1/25/2010

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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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.

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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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