Joplin Police Chief reveals fallen officer name in press conference

Cpl Ben Cooper died in the line of duty, suffering fatal GSW on Tuesday; The shooter was a Joplin man, identity revealed.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Wednesday morning in a press conference at Joplin City Hall, Police Chief Sloan Roland revealed more details regarding Tuesday’s officer involved shootings in which occurred at two separate locations.  Killing one officer and wounding two others.  The suspect, Anthony R. Felix, 40, of Joplin, died after an exchange of gunfire near 9th and Connecticut where he had fled in a stolen Joplin Police cruiser.

The fallen officer is Cpl Benjamin Cooper, who passed away yesterday from injuries during the incident. Cpl Cooper was a veteran officer of the Joplin Police Department starting his career in 2003 before transferring to a sheriff’s department in Colorado.  He then returned to the Joplin Police Department in 2013 and promoted to Cpl in 2016. Ben leaves behind a wife and two daughters.” – Police Chief Sloan Roland

A Joplin Police vehicle is now placed at the Justice Center, 303 W 3rd, and flowers and items are being placed by the public to remember Cpl. Cooper.

Chief Roland also thanked area agencies who are assisting them currently to answer calls within the city limits.

In February of 2020 the fallen Cpl Cooper was featured by Joplin Police in an Officer Spotlight:

“Our Officer Spotlight is Cpl. Ben Cooper. Cpl. Cooper is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement. Before joining the Joplin Police Department Cpl. Cooper served in the infantry of the United States Army. Cpl. Cooper is currently assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau to the Internal Affairs Unit. Since joining the Joplin Police Department Cpl. Cooper has served as a patrolman, investigator, firearms instructor, SWAT officer, field training officer, and worked a police canine at a previous police agency. When asked what he wanted the public to know about his job Cpl. Cooper stated, “I enjoy serving the community and am proud to be a Joplin Police Officer”. Thank you for sharing Cpl. Cooper.”

This is a breaking news story, stay with JLN1st and KOAM News Now as we continue to learn more.  We anticipate a release of information from Joplin Police later Wednesday as Chief Roland stated.