Covington PD officer shot on Labor Day transferred to Shepherd Center

Source: WGCL

The Covington Police Department has posted an update to officer Matt Cooper's condition as he continues to recover after being shot on Labor Day.

Cooper was transferred from Grady Memorial Hospital to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, September 13 for brain injury rehabilitation. He is slowly continuing to recover and has responded to questions with the squeeze of a hand. He even waved to his nurse as she left his room.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have reached out to the department and officer Cooper's family to show their support and quite a lot of money was raised during the annual "Fuzz Run" held on September 8. Thousands were on hand to show their support for officer Cooper, with everyone wearing blue.

Officer Cooper was shot on Labor Day in an incident that began as a shoplifting call at a Walmart involving three people. Police say the suspects stole bandanas from the store.

Two individuals were arrested immediately, but the third suspect fled on foot. A total of three gunshots were fired, one of which was a fatal self-inflicted gunshot sustained by the suspect. The suspect with the self-inflicted wound has been identified as 21-year-old Demonta Fleming.

Officer Cooper was shot in the neck and the bullet lodged in his Carotid artery. He later underwent surgery to relieve swelling on his brain

The police department has listed multiple ways to donate for Cooper and his family. An account has been set up at the Newton Federal Bank. Supporters can drop off donations directly to the Covington Police Department at 1143 Oak Street SE, Covington, GA.

Also, a GoFundMe page has been created on his behalf.

Follow updates on officer Cooper's condition on the Covington Police Department Facebook page.

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