01/15/2001

Three officers wounded, suspect dead in Alabama siege
[Anniston, AL]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(ANNISTON, AL.) -- A deranged World War II veteran who barricaded himself in his house and shot three officers has been found dead in the smoldering ruins of his home.

The wild gunfight began Friday night when officers tried to serve Philip Cooper, 76, with a court order to have a psychiatric evaluation.

Lawmen told The Anniston Star that Cooper had sealed himself inside his Elizabeth Street home with 200 rounds of ammunition and a two month supply of food and fired armor piercing bullets at the officers.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said the scene was “like a war zone.”

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