A Hamilton, Ala., armed citizen is being credited with helping end a killing spree on Wednesday. According to District Attorney Jack Bostick, the suspect, identified as 57-year-old Jimmy Cooper, entered Attorney Scott Hunt’s office and shot 67-year-old Donny Miller, a former business partner. He then walked two blocks to Lawler & Cole CPA and killed 61-year-old Linda Cole.
As bystanders fled, two men went to their cars to retrieve firearms. One of them, an unidentified acquaintance of Cooper’s, borrowed a gun, and when Cooper exited the building, the man confronted him. Seeing he was armed, Cooper fired over 15 shots at the man, who took shelter behind a wall and returned fire, hitting Cooper. Cooper was taken into custody, and may face the death penalty.
According to law enforcement secretary Spencer Collins, “The initial indication is that the deputy, officer and private citizen acted without hesitation and probably prevented the further loss of life.”