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Sergeant Jack Lee Cooper | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Sergeant

Jack Lee Cooper

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Friday, December 25, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 288

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Released from prison

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Sergeant Jack Cooper was shot and killed while checking the identification of two men who matched the description of suspects in the earlier shooting of a police officer. While his back was turned, Sergeant Cooper was shot three times in the upper chest region. One of the suspects' driver's licenses was found in Sergeant Cooper's patrol car.

The suspect and his brother were apprehended in New York City during a massive manhunt. They were both charged with Sergeant Cooper's murder and sentenced to death, but both sentences were commuted to life. One brother committed suicide in prison, the other has tried to escape prison on two occasions, and has been captured and returned to prison on both times.

Sergeant Cooper had been with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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