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Burglary suspect charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault on a police officer

Boca Raton, FL At approximately 7:30 pm, May 13, 2010, members of the Boca Raton Police Services Department's Tactical Team were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of the Cinemark Movie Theatre due to several auto burglaries recently occurring in the area. An officer in an unmarked vehicle observed an older model Mercury driving slowly through the parking lot. The car stopped next to a blue Toyota and the passenger in the Mercury, later identified as Earl Storey, smashed the back window. The officer activated his police lights and Storey jumped back into the passenger seat of the Mercury. The driver, later identified as Eddie Cooper, fled the scene.

While leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed, Cooper rammed the unmarked police car. An officer responding to the scene threw Stop Sticks (tire deflation devices) in front of the Mercury as it headed south on Airport Road. The Stop Sticks punctured two tires on the Mercury, but the suspects continued to flee. Officers followed the car west on Glades Road and onto the southbound entrance ramp to I-95, where Cooper lost control, struck a light post and stopped on I-95.

The passenger of the car, Storey, exited the vehicle and proceeded to run across all southbound lanes of the Interstate. Storey then jumped over the cement barrier and attempted to cross the northbound lanes when he was struck by a motorist. Storey was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper remained in the vehicle and was arrested without incident. Cooper had identification cards from other burglary victims concealed in his underpants. Those burglaries occurred earlier in the evening in another jurisdiction.

As a result of Storey's death, Cooper has been charged with one count of 2nd degree murder. He is also been charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, aggravated assault upon a police officer and burglary. No police officers were injured in this incident.

Arrested:                          Deceased:



  Eddie Cooper                  Earl Storey

  DOB: 9/27/86                 DOB: 7/24/82

  1513 NW 6th Ave          620 NW 7th Ave, Apt. 15

  Fort Lauderdale, FL        Pompano Beach, FL