Calaveras County Officer Involved Shooting
Railroad Flat, CA -- A Railroad Flat man opened fire on two Calaveras County Sheriff's Deputies after they tried to pull him over for a traffic stop yesterday afternoon.
The deputies tried to pull over 54-year-old Richard Kenneth Cooper at 3pm on Highway 26 and Railroad Flat Road. The deputies lost track of the vehicle, so they located a barn about 500 yards south of Highway 26. They got out of the car to investigate, and Cooper allegedly fired a round into the windshield of the patrol car.
The deputies fired back and called in resources from the Amador County Sheriff's Department, Angels Camp PD and CHP to set up a perimeter. Cooper was captured and arrested at a nearby residence at around 7pm. One of the deputies had a slight injury from gunfire debris. As a matter of procedure, the deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave. No other injuries were reported.
The deputies were part of a newly formed Special Enforcement Team that was created by Sheriff Gary Kuntz to target high crime areas of the county. Yesterday was the first shift for the team.
Written by BJ Hansen
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