recorded September 11th, 2001
“Just before midnight on November 5, 2001; less than two months proceeding the September 11th terrorist attacks, officers of the Apache County Sheriff’s office converged on Cooper’s homestead to arrest him on a warrant arising from the threat complaint.
Trying to avoid a violent confrontation and potential siege with a man rumored to be unstable and armed, the team used subterfuge to lure Cooper out of his home in the middle of the night. Officers pretended to be rowdy trespassers on the edge of Cooper’s rural property, blaring rock music and making other festive sounds until Cooper came out to investigate.
According to police accounts, when the deputies identified themselves, Cooper fled back toward his house, drew a handgun, and began shooting. One deputy was shot in the head and was hospitalized in critical condition. Another deputy returned fire, killing Cooper.”