( 4UMF NEWS ) Father Dies In Police Custody:
The parents of a San Antonio man are having a hard time coming to grips with the way their son, Norman Cooper, passed away.
San Antonio police said Cooper, 33, died after officers used a taser while taking him into custody. San Antonio Police said it started when officers were called to the 4800 block of Legend Well Drive for a family disturbance.
“They found an individual that was apparently under the influence of some type of narcotic. As officers were attempting to remove the individual from the residence the individual came toward the officers,” SAPD Chief Anthony Trevino said
Trevino said that is when one officer used his taser on Cooper.
“The individual removed the probes and a second officer deployed his taser,” Trevino said.
SAPD said there was a struggle before the officers placed Cooper into custody, then shortly later they realized Cooper was unresponsive. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.
“I have a very hard time believing that he charged a police officer,” Jennifer Cooper, Cooper’s mom, said.
Cooper’s family said he was a gentle giant.
“He’s not and has never been a violent person. He doesn’t really bother anybody and he loves children,” Noble Cooper Jr., Cooper’s father, said.
His parents said he was a Madison High School graduate and worked at a bank, but his true passion was coaching young children.
“[He] tried to please everyone, loved the children, worked with so many athletic camps for youth,” Jennifer said.
He leaves behind two-year-old and 11-year-old sons.
“The oldest just really taking it tough. That’s his hero. He taught him to be one of the best youth football players in the city,” Jennifer said.
“We’re just having a rough time with it right now,” Noble said. “We just ask for prayer for our son and our family. It’s just tough.”
Funeral services are pending.
SAPD said the two officers who used their tasers are on paid administrative duty.
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