W.Ky. officer charged in fatal wreck

The Associated Press

A western Kentucky police officer has been indicted on a charge of reckless homicide.

The Paducah Sun reports that a Calloway County grand jury returned an indictment Monday against 29-year-old Murray police officer John Cooper. The charge stems from a March 18 wreck in which 68-year-old Ray Walker of Murray died.

The accident happened as Cooper was responding to a burglar alarm and hit Walker’s vehicle in the driver’s side. State police have said that Cooper’s lights and siren were on.

Police Chief Ken Claud declined to comment on whether Cooper would face internal disciplinary action.

Cooper is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 8.

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3 Comments on “W.Ky. officer charged in fatal wreck”

  1. Lexington Emp Says:

    I don’t get it, what piece of the puzzle is missing from this story. If his lights and siren were on, and someone didn’t abide to this emergency equipment, why is he being charged? There is more to this story, let it out.

  2. Steve Says:

    Yeah, I agree with the previous poster. There has to be something more to this story. A grand jury is not going to indict an officer just for a crash when his lights and siren were on pursuant to state law. There has to be extenuating circumstances surrounding this or else they would not have indicted him. Was he drunk? high? Did he flee afterwards? Check out the whole story then update it with the “whole” truth.

  3. Taxpayer Says:

    It is sad that someone lost there life. I am sure it was not intentional. This is what drives the crime rate up, the simple fact that Officers across the state fear of doing their job due to being sued and or indicted. Like I said I am sure that he did not intentionally hit the man. Now when people need the Police because someone is breaking in on them and trying to hurt them, the Police will only drive slow in fear something else like this will happen. So is this all to the story? Or as the others asked is there more they aren’t telling? We all make mistakes but the Officer was acting under the color of the law, his emergency equipment was on, and he was headed to a call to protect property and or life. Look at all of teh home invasions..when will it stop?


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