LIBERTY - A former Liberty police officer who was acquitted of shooting a man to death while on duty has officially severed his ties with the department.
Danny Cook, who had been on leave since shooting Leon Brown last July, tendered his resignation, effective July 9. The city had reinstated Cook after an Adair County Circuit Court jury found him not guilty in Brown's death last month.
The parting of company was a mutual decision, said Liberty Police Chief Ron Whited.
"He could have come back to work here," Whited said. "When he was found not guilty, the city was advised by attorneys from the League of Cities to reinstate him. I didn't know what his intentions were until he turned in his resignation."
Cook, 41, could not be reached for comment. He has moved to Shively, Whited said.
Cook was indicted on a reckless homicide charge in October after he shot Brown once in the chest from close range while trying to arrest him on a domestic violence charge. His first trial in March in Casey County ended in a hung jury. The second trial was moved to neighboring Adair County, where a jury acquitted him.