LIVE UPDATE: Update on Tuesday’s shooting provided by Joplin police chief, city officials | News
Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland today identified the Joplin police officer who was killed on Tuesday as Cpl. Benjamin Cooper, who began working for the department in 2003. Cooper is survived by a wife and two daughters.
Rowland said Cooper left for a time to work for a sheriff’s department in Colorado, then returned in 2013.
Sloan called Tuesday, when three officers were shot, a “tragic day” for the community. A second officer remains in critical condition, the third is listed as being in serious but stable condition. Their names have not been disclosed.
Rowland also identified the suspect as Anthony Felix, 40, but no further details were provided on his background. Felix was also shot by Joplin officers.
More information will be released later this afternoon.
Arrangements for the deceased officer will be shared publicly at a later date.
City officials said the city will fly half-staff flags beginning at noon today.
Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley said Cooper made the “greatest sacrifice” for our city yesterday and called on the community to support the police department, officers and their families.
“Let the nation and the world see, like after the tornado, how we respond to the tragedy,” Stanley said.