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"Officer Down"

Assault Weapons and the War on Law Enforcement

Section Three: Selected Incidents of Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty by Assault Weapons, 1998 Through 2001

Date: January 27, 2000

Location: Lexington, North Carolina

Assault Weapon: Maadi 7.62mm rifle

On January 27, 2000, Sheriff's Deputy Todd Cook was killed with a Maadi 7.62mm rifle. Deputy Cook was serving a warrant at the home of Christopher Lee Cooper who had been accused of trespassing and was also wanted by Lexington police for questioning about a statutory rape. Deputy Cook was shot at least five times from behind. After the shooting, Cooper led police on a car chase that ended when he crashed through a roadblock. Officers found Cooper dead in the car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Piedmont Community Mourns Loss of Slain Deputy," Associated Press, January 29, 2000.


Each weapon shown is representative of the brand or model of assault weapon and is not a picture of the specific weapon used in the shooting described in the narrative.

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