Liberty officer indicted in death

October 17, 2003|LIZ MAPLES and BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - City police officer Danny Cook, who allegedly shot and killed an unarmed man, was indicted today on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.

The shooting occurred July 30 after Cook responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home of Leon Brown and his girlfriend, Freida Wilson.

When police arrived at the Trammel Street residence, they saw Brown knocking on the door and yelling at Wilson; he then fled to his mother's home next door, police have said.

Brown, who was 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 240 pounds, resisted arrest and assaulted Cook in his mother's kitchen before the officer shot him in the chest, according to a state police investigation.


Brown later died at a Lexington hospital.

Cook was temporarily suspended from duty with pay after the shooting.

Cook, state police Detective Bill Gregory, Dorothy Brown and Freida Wilson testified before the Casey County grand jury, which handed up the indictment against Cook. His bond was set at $5,000.

The city had received complaints about Cook's performance as an officer before the shooting.

Earlier this year, a local citizen complained about how Cook arrested his son, and a former city employee complained about how Cook and other officers arrested a guest.

Court records state Brown had been arrested in Casey, Russell and Marion counties on charges that include resisting arrest, wanton endangerment of a police officer, driving under the influence, marijuana possession and public intoxication.

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