Sheriff Edward Thomas Coopman

Sheriff Edward Thomas Coopman

Oconto County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Sunday, July 26, 1964

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Edward Thomas Coopman

Sheriff Edward Coopman suffered a fatal heart attack while attempting to arrest a suspect who was creating a disturbance at Kunzer's Beach Resort in Oak Orchard.

When Sheriff Coopman asked the subjects to quiet down, a scuffle ensued. Sheriff Coopman collapsed and could not be revived. He died at the scene at 2:30 a.m.

The subject was arrested and charged with resisting an officer and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty in conjunction with charges of homicide by negligent operation of a car from a previous incident and was sentenced to two years. He received additional time for escaping from a work farm.

Sheriff Coopman had served as sheriff with the Oconto County Sheriff's Department for over five years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest attempt, disorderly

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Thank you for your service Sheriff Coopman! As a child I vividly remember my grandparents, who were from the area praising your service. Your untimely death has always resonated with me. I have spent my career proudly serving within your county and I will never forget your sacrifice.

Investigator Ron Ripley
Oconto County Sheriff's Office

February 15, 2024

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