Suspect caught, killed in wife’s backyard after violating domestic violence restraining order: Police

A Georgia man is dead after police say he went to his wife’s house and attempted to break in following his jail release.

Fox 5 reports that 52-year-old Derrick Cooper was previously arrested following a domestic dispute incident with his wife. A judge subsequently approved a restraining order against him and warned him to have no contact with his wife, as part of his bond agreement.

Cooper was out of jail on bond when he allegedly drove from Acworth to Pickens County, where his wife and children live. Pickens County deputies found Cooper in his wife’s backyard on Saturday at around 11 a.m., following a 911 call.

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According to police, Cooper’s wife, children and another person were hiding inside the home while the suspect was in the backyard. When deputies commanded Cooper to surrender, he reportedly pulled out a gun and began shooting, He then tried to force his way into his wife’s home, prompting deputies to fire back.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined that the deputies rendered medical help until paramedics arrived. Cooper subsequently passed away at a local hospital.

The GBI continues to investigate the incident. Once complete, the investigation will be given to the Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney for final review.

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