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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I personally worked with officer cooper at stateville correctional center...he was a good officer and he was always happy and fun to be around... as a new officer he gave me good advice on how to do my job better....I will always remember at the training academy I will mention the incident that happened to COOPS that was my nickname for officer cooper.... so that officer coopers name will always live on in honor and maybe we can all take something positive from his sacrifice in the line of duty....

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February 15, 2018

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