Pictured Above: A digital memorial with wreath remembering fallen Corporal
Bill Cooper displayed at the main entrance of the
Administrative Office of Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Operation Commander/Public Information Officer
JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE OFFERS CONDOLENCES FOR THEIR FALLEN SEBASTIAN COUNTY BRETHREN: Jefferson County, Arkansas – August 16, 2016 - Early this week, Sheriff Robinson and deputies expressed their condolences for their fallen brethren, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Bill Cooper following his tragic death.
Corporal Cooper along with Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells were shot by a lone gunman identified as Billy Monroe Jones, 35, of Greenwood, AR on August 10, 2016. Corporal Cooper and Chief Spells both responded to a call at a residence located at 4722 Highway 253 in Greenwood. Jones opened fire on Corporal Cooper and Chief Spells, striking Corporal Cooper in the neck. Chief Spells head was grazed by at least one bullet. Both Corporal Cooper and Chief Spells were transported by ambulance to the Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, AR.
Chief Spells was released from the hospital after being treated for a non-life threatening injury. Corporal Cooper; however, underwent emergency surgery for his wounds, but was pronounced dead shortly after. Prior to his passing, Corporal Cooper had served the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office with distinction since 2001.
To honor the fallen, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office displayed a digital display memorial that included a blue and black ‘thin blue line” wreath outside the main entrance of their administrative office, where it will remain all week.
“It is the sense of our agency to convey its grateful appreciation and heartfelt sorrow for the loss of such a courageous public servant like Corporal Cooper, who dedicated his purposeful life in the faithful service to those who knew him the best.”
“It is with profound sadness that this agency remember his passing as well as the sacrifice our brethren, Corporal Cooper gave on August 10, 2016. We pause in our operations today to mourn the loss of Corporal Cooper, while noting the significance of his contributions to the field of public service.”