The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Correctional Officer Tracy Cooper, 42
Illinois Department of Corrections
September 28, 2010 – On January 25, 2010, Officer Tracy Cooper was assigned to the duty of escorting prisoners to court. Once inside the courtroom the judge ordered officers to remove the restraints from the inmates. The moment the shackles were off one inmate attempted to escape but was immediately subdued by Officer Cooper. During the scuffle Officer Cooper received injuries that required surgery, a procedure later scheduled for September 27, 2010. While under the effects of anesthesia for the rotator cuff surgery Officer Cooper slipped into a coma and passed away the next day. He leaves behind his wife and three children.
Officer Ryan Bonaminio, 28
Riverside California Police Department
November 7, 2010 – Officer Ryan Bonaminio was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspected truck thief. It is believed that Officer Bonaminio was killed with his own service weapon. The suspect, Earl Ellis Green, was captured two days later after police matched a fingerprint found in the stolen truck to Green. Green is a violent felon on parole from a California state prison.
Officer Bonaminio is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.
Suspected cop killer Earl Ellis Green
* Thanks to ODMP