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On 10-13-2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Leflore County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area of Shelly Carlisle Drive east of Spiro, Oklahoma. When Deputies and officers from other agencies arrived they discovered a man with two pistols walking down West Road. The suspect, later identified as 36 year old Freddie Cooper JR. of Spiro, Was pointing the pistols at officers and threatening them. Cooper had obtained the pistols from a residence that he had broken into a short time earlier that day. Cooper continued down West Road and crossed a field to Shelly Carlisle Drive where he entered a residence in the 17000 block, brandishing the weapon and threatening the residents who locked themselves in rooms inside the house.
Officers and Deputies surrounded the residence and Cooper came outside onto the front porch, yelling and pointing the pitols at officers. Officers repeatedly commanded Cooper to drop the pistols and surrender and he refused to comply, Cooper then pointed the pistols at two officers by the garage and a deputy fired one round, striking Cooper in the chest. Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Agents from O.S.B.I. were called to the scene to investigate the incident. The name of the deputy involved in the incident is not being released at this time.
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After completion of a OSBI investigation of the officer-involved shooting of Freddie Cooper, Jr. on October 13, 2014 and a review of the findings the LeFlore County District Attorney, Jeff Smith has determined that the actions of Undersheriff Kendall Morgan were justified and necessary to insure his own safety, as well as the safety of his fellow officers and innocent civilians. I have been confident after my own initial findings that his actions were justified. As Law Enforcement officers, our first priority MUST be the safety and security of the citizens we are sworn to protect. Officers place their lives on the line daily throughout this country to do just that. I am proud to have Undersheriff Morgan on my staff and he is a valuable part of the day-to-day operation of my office. Undersheriff Morgan is back on full duty following these findings. I want to take this opportunity to thank each officer and agency that assisted our department with this incident. I am proud of each one of them. This was a tragic and unfortunate incident that could have potentially ended even more tragically if not for the courageous actions of the responding deputies and officers. Undersheriff Morgan took the necessary actions needed to protect innocent civilians, himself and his fellow officers.
ROB SEALE, LEFLORE COUNTY SHERIFF