Oklahoma City police identify man fatally shot, officer who shot him

A man fatally shot by an Oklahoma City police officer and the shooting officer have been identified. The man shot was identified as Kenneth Dewayne Cooper, 45, and the officer as Sgt. Daniel Godsil. Cooper had served time in Oklahoma prison for a variety of felonies since the 1980s.
BY JULIANA KEEPING AND LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: June 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: June 20, 2013

A man fatally shot by an Oklahoma City police officer had a past fraught with crime and had served time in state prison for felonies involving drugs, guns, burglary and car theft, records show.

Kenneth Dewayne Cooper, 45, was shot and killed Wednesday after police officers responded to a disturbance call at a home at 2408 NE 26, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Thursday.

When an officer arrived, he was told a man involved in the disturbance had gone to retrieve his rifle and was on his way back. The officer next saw a man with a rifle walking toward him from the 2300 block of NE 26, Nelson said.

The officer is 10-year patrol veteran Sgt. Daniel Godsil, Nelson said.

Cooper leveled the rifle and began firing at Godsil from the street, Nelson said. Godsil returned fire and hit Cooper as the man stood in or near the intersection of NE 26 and Creston Drive, Nelson said.

Cooper fled with his gun after being shot. Police found the gun on the ground and apprehended Cooper nearby, Nelson said.

Cooper was talking as he was loaded into an ambulance, but he died either en route to or shortly after arriving at OU Medical Center, Nelson said.

Police closed roughly a block around the shooting scene as neighbors and witnesses emerged from homes.

Court records show four women have filed for emergency victim's protective orders against Cooper since 1995.

Godsil is on administrative leave, Nelson said. The shooting is being investigated by the Oklahoma City police homicide unit and internal affairs. Findings will be forwarded to the Oklahoma County district attorney's office, Nelson said.

Contributing: Staff Writer Hannah Covington


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