Corporal Bill Cooper
Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 10, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck
Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office
800 South A Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: (479) 783-1051
Corporal Bill Cooper was shot and killed after he and several other officers responded to a domestic violence call involving an armed subject at a home on the 4700 block of Highway 253.
The subject opened fire on responding officers with a rifle, fatally wounding Corporal Cooper and wounding the Hackett Police Department’s chief, and pinning down multiple other officers. Corporal Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The subject surrendered and was taken into custody a short time later.
A police canine from the Greenwood Police Department was also shot during the incident when the suspect shot into the patrol car she was in. Her handler released the door lock to allow her to get out of the line of fire and she ran off, but she was found two days later suffering from two gunshot wounds.
Corporal Cooper was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years.
Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper died after he was shot during a standoff Wednesday morning.
Deputy Cooper had served with the county since 2001, according to Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck. Before his service in the sheriff’s department, Cooper was a member of the Ft. Smith Police Department for about 5 years. He was a Marine Corps veteran.
Cooper was "dynamic," Sheriff Hollenbeck said. He was 65 years old, and getting ready to retire.
"He could have retired years ago," Hollenbeck said, but he stayed on because he "loved the men and women he worked with."
Cooper was part of the county’s community policing division.
"He had community policing in his heart," said Hollenbeck.