1,500 line funeral route for slain officer
HENDERSON, Nev. - About 1,500 people took part in funeral services yesterday for the veteran court security officer killed in a shootout with a shotgun-wielding assailant at a downtown federal building.
US Marshals Service Director John F. Clark was among the mourners at the service for Stanley Cooper, 72, a retired Las Vegas police sergeant, who had served as a security officer for 15 years.
Family members, friends, elected officials, judges, and law enforcement officials gathered for a Las Vegas Strip procession and the service at Central Christian Church in Henderson. The honor guard was made up of law enforcement officials.
Cooper was the senior court security officer at the Lloyd D. George US Courthouse and Federal Building. He previously had served 26 years on the Las Vegas police force.
Cooper was mortally wounded by a shotgun blast fired Jan. 4 by a disgruntled Social Security recipient. Authorities identified the gunman as Johnny Lee Wicks, a 66-year-old ex-convict. The FBI said he set fire to his apartment and walked 3 miles to the federal building before opening fire. He was shot to death as he tried to escape.