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September 1, 2015

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Funeral procession for slain court officer will travel Strip

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Stanley Cooper

The Monday funeral procession for slain court security officer Stanley Cooper will start in downtown Las Vegas and continue along the Las Vegas Strip before arriving at Central Christian Church in Henderson, Metro Police announced today.

Cooper died this past Monday in a shooting at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas.

The procession will depart Palm Funeral Home, 1325 N. Main St., between 11:30 a.m. and noon, Metro said. It will travel north along Main Street to Owens Avenue, then go eastbound on Owens to Las Vegas Boulevard.

The procession will then proceed southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard, down the Strip, to Las Vegas Boulevard's junction with Interstate 215. It will continue along the interstate to U.S. 95, which it will follow northbound to Russell Road.

It will end at Central Christian Church, 1101 New Beginnings Drive, in Henderson. The funeral is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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.

Before becoming a court security officer, Cooper had been with Metro Police for 26 years. He retired as a sergeant. He became a federal court security officer in 1994.

No graveside services are scheduled, Metro said.

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