August 25, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 32-year-old Thomas Earl Cooper Jr. was charged with intentionally causing the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney and intentionally attempting to cause the death of Masico Walker Jr.
Cooper is charged with one count of murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of assault in the first degree with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm.
This investigation started on July 25, 2020 when the Portland Police Bureau responded to a shooting in the area of Southeast Division Street and Southeast 158th Avenue. When officers arrived, they located two shooting victims. One of the individuals, later identified as Penney, died on scene. Walker survived but is currently paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a gunshot wound.
On August 13, 2020, a Multnomah County grand jury returned an indictment in this case.
On August 22, 2020, the U.S. Marshal’s Oregon Ad Hoc Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the Bend Police Department and the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT), located and arrested Cooper in the 700-block of Northwest 9th Street in Bend, Oregon.
No additional information can be released at this time.
A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Cooper is innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office