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October 20, 2003

Liberty officer indicted in July shooting

LIBERTY - Casey County Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright said there was nothing unusual about presenting the case of Liberty police officer Danny Cook to a grand jury.

Cook allegedly shot and killed Leon Brown, who was unarmed, on July 30 after Brown assaulted him and resisted arrest, according to a state police investigation. Cook had been called to the home of Brown and his girlfriend, Freida Wilson, after a domestic disturbance.

When Casey County Deputy Dennis Allen shot Bob Estes about 18 months ago, the evidence was presented to a grand jury, Wright said. In that case the grand jury found that Allen was justified in shooting Estes, who was armed with a shotgun. Estes was later found guilty of wanton endangerment of a police officer.


The Casey County grand jury indicted Cook Friday on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. Wright said he could not speculate about why the members of the grand jury made that decision.

Wright said the case was brought before the grand jury because there was a shooting and that is the typical way police shootings have been handled, although these cases are rare.

Cook, state police Detective Bill Gregory, Brown's mother Dorothy Brown and Wilson testified Friday.

Liberty Police Chief Ron Whited said Cook's employment status will have to be discussed further before a decision can be made.

"That's something that will have to be discussed with the mayor and attorneys. As of right now, he is on administrative leave, but we have a council meeting to discuss it on Monday," said Whited.

Child shot

with BB gun

in 'good' condition

LIBERTY - The 4-year-old child who suffered wounds Thursday evening to his head from a BB gunshot was in "good condition" Friday afternoon at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, state police said.

Trooper Brandon Curlis said the child suffered the wound at a residence behind Harper Valley Trailer Park off East Ky. 70. The child, whose name was not released, was treated at Casey County Hospital, then flown to the Lexington hospital.

David L. Coffman, 23, of Ky. 49, Liberty, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment when he was arrested Thursday night in the trailer park. He was later charged with second-degree assault. He remains in Casey County Detention Center.

Ribbon cutting set for U.S. 68 project

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has set a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed construction project on U.S. 68 between Chinn Lane and Chatum Road in Mercer County.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shakertown.

Tranpsortation Cabinet spokesman David Thacker said the curb in that area of U.S. 68 underwent a major revision.

"It was pretty involved for a such a small project," Thacker said. |10/15/03***

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