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March 5, 2015

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Funeral for courthouse shooting victim will be Monday


Courtesy of Metro Police

Stanley Cooper is shown in a family photo released by Metro Police last week with the family’s permission after his death. Cooper, a court security officer, died Jan. 4 after being shot at the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.

Stanley Cooper's Family Photos

A photo of the family of Stanley Cooper, the 72-year-old court security officer who died on Monday after being shot at the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Funeral arrangements for slain court security officer Stan Cooper, who died Monday in a shooting at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas, have been set, said Assistant Chief Deputy Marshal Javier Jimenez.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Central Christian Church in Henderson.

Authorities have identified 66-year-old Johnny Lee Wicks as the man responsible for the shooting that left Cooper, 72, dead and Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard J. Gardner, 48, wounded.

Wicks was said to be upset over changes to his Social Security benefits, prompting him to open fire with a shotgun at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in downtown Las Vegas shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said at a Tuesday news conference that before becoming a court security officer, Cooper had been with Metro Police for 26 years.

“He retired as a sergeant and then moved on to protecting our courts,” Gillespie said. “His death ... was truly a tragedy.”

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