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Investigator Joe Brooks Cooper | United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

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Joe Brooks Cooper

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, October 25, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Alabama

Incident Date: 10/25/1963

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Investigator Joe Cooper and Investigator Ralph Holt were shot and killed while serving a search warrant on the operator of a club in Bibb County, Alabama. The operator was suspected of selling moonshine whiskey at the club. The suspect opened fire on the agents with a .38 caliber handgun as they entered the front door of the business.

The suspect was shot and fatally wounded by other agents who were assisting with the raid.

Agent Cooper was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division for three years. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Investigator Ralph Ackerman Holt
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, October 25, 1963
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53rd anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 4, 2014

 

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